SYLACAUGA, Ala. – After months of planning, and a short window of accepting bids, the Sylacauga City Council voted Tuesday night to award a street paving contract and move forward on fixing roads in the city.

The $3,021,253.60 contract is for the City of Sylacauga 2018 Street Paving Project, Phase 1 and was awarded to Dunn Construction. Dunn Construction was the lowest qualified bidder based upon the recommendation from EEFS Company, PC.

Three other companies entered the bid process: McCartney Construction Company Inc.: $3,042,953.75, Gary Ingram Bidding & Paving: $3,107,248.78, and Midsouth Paving: $3,392,980.76.

“This is a great big step for our paving project,” said Mayor Jim Heigl.

In January, the City announced which roads would be paved totaling in 12 miles worth of repair. Construction is expected to begin the beginning of May.

During the regularly scheduled council meeting, the council:

  • Accepted recommendation from the Police Chief, Fire Chief, and Street Supt. to approve resolution declaring certain vehicles and other equipment items from their respective departments as surplus property no longer needed for municipal purposes, and authorized disposal of said items through GovDeals online auction or other appropriate means. (5-0)
  • Approved resolution authorizing FY2018 Budget Amendment transferring $5,000.00 from Other Grant Revenue (GL Account #010-000-34650-000) to Appropriation-Festival Expense (GL Account #010-586-46580-000) in order to properly reflect funding source for the sponsorship of the annual Magic of Marble Festival which was authorized through Resolution 11-2018 approved 3/06/2018 (5-0)
  • Accepted ownership transfer of the former Mountainview School and former BOE Central Office properties from the Sylacauga City School Board to the City of Sylacauga (5-0)
  • Approved request from Fire Chief Adam Gardner for authorization of a job posting to fill three (3) Fire Lieutenant positions. (5-0)
  • Approved request from the Sylacauga Utilities Board for permission/authority to relocate the existing power lines located on East 10th St. between Main Ave. and Hwy. 21 to the N/S of the street in order to remove the poles from the parking spaces at the Babe Ruth Field – Tree Commission recommended relocation. (5-0)
  • Approved request from Interim Code Enforcement Director Mike Whetstone for authorization to replace existing Ricoh MPCW2201SP Wide Format MFP with a Ricoh W6700SP Wide Format MFP (including front feed stacker, OCR scan, and a power filter) at an additional cost of $4,908.98 – Existing machine does not meet department needs and Ricoh has not been able to correct the problem; Ricoh has agree to credit full original cost of MPCW22012SP in the amount of $10,259.02 toward replacement cost. (5-0)
  • Approved travel expenses for HR Specialist Jayne McGee to attend the Birmingham Society of HR Management Annual Legal Update to be held in Birmingham, April 11, 2018 – Registration fee is $100.00; additional expenses for mileage will be incurred. Estimated total cost of travel/training for McGee is $149.38. (5-0)
  • Authorized Interim Code Enforcement Director Mike Whetstone to seek bids for renovation of restrooms at the Comer Museum – Building is owned by the City and estimated cost of $22,000.00 for work was included in FY2018 budget. (5-0)
  • Approved request from Fire Chief Adam Gardner to authorize the temporary assignments of three (3) employees to the positions of Interim Lieutenant until such time as a promotional test of the Lieutenant positions can be given or for a period not to exceed 120 days, whichever comes first, and to authorize a 5% pay increase during such interim appointment – action to become effective with the first day of the pay period beginning following appointment by chief. (5-0)
  • Authorized payments totaling $366,065.31 for payrolls Feb. 2018 (5-0)
  • Authorized payments totaling $433,913.30 for balance of accounts payable invoices received for Feb. 2018

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