New Pell City mayor, council officially take office

The new Pell City Council and mayor were sworn into office Nov. 7, 2016, at the Pell City Center for the Performing Arts. Members of the new administration are (from left) Council President and District 2 Councilman James McGowan, District 1 Councilman Jay Jenkins, Mayor Bill Pruitt, District 5 Councilman Jud Alverson, District 3 Councilman Blaine Henderson and District 4 Councilman Jason Mitcham.

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PELL CITY – The city is moving forward with more paving after the council gave the go ahead for work on five more roads.

City officials said the paving will cost $152,000 to $153,000, and the work could begin in a couple of weeks, depending on the weather.

The additional roads are being paved with money allocated by the city for a major road paving project last summer. The municipality allocated $1.3 million for the road paving project.

“… We expended less than expected on the original group of roads, which allowed us to select a few additional ones to fill out our budget,” City Manager Brian Muenger said.

Before this project, the last time the city completed a road paving project was in 2013, when the municipality spent about $800,000 for paving and striping of roads.

“We have not paved in many years, and there are a large number of roads in dire need of attention,” Muenger said. “The council plans to have another paving project in the next two years and has made it clear that they want to invest on road improvement aggressively.”

The five roads slated for paving include Valley View Circle, Dogwood Trail, Church Road, First Avenue North and a portion of Annesley Drive.

About the same time this project gets underway, there will be a major road paving project in the Pell City Industrial Park. That project is expected to cost $626,058, and include the widening of the roadways in the industrial park.

The project includes the repaving of a large access road loop inside the park, which includes Miles Parkway and Dowzer Avenue.

The project in the industrial park is being funded through the Alabama Industrial Access Road and Bridge Fund.

With that project, the city is responsible for all engineering fees, right-of-way acquisitions and construction inspection overages, Muenger said.

In other matters during its meeting this week, the council:

  • Approved a three-year contract with Triple H Bucking Bulls and Rodeo for the use of the Sports Complex for the Bulls on the Lake Rodeo;
  • Approved a three-year contract with the Boys and Girls Club to use the 19th Street Community Center;
  • Approved an agreement with Pyro Shows for the Fourth of July Fireworks at a cost of $17,340;
  • Approved rescinding a resolution declaring three police vehicles as surplus. One vehicle is needed by the Senior Citizen Center;
  • Approved a resolution declaring certain items as surplus and approved selling the items on GovDeals. Those items include two 2011 Chevrolet Impalas, metal bleachers, eight tires, stove, stove hood and fan and duct;
  • Approved declaring a 1996 rescue truck as surplus and trading the truck for a generator that was declared as surplus by the Riverside City Council;
  • Ratified the Pell City 2040 Comprehensive Plan;
  • Approved moving forward with a Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham grant application for renovation and upgrades to the Social Services Building; and
  • Approved a resolution in support of the League of Municipalities recommended changes to the proposed Simplified Sellers Use Tax legislation, legislation the city opposes to in whole.