City council approves grant resolution

Published 12:06 am Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Atmore city council members heard important updates on sidewalks and drainage at their regular meeting Monday afternoon.

Jeremy McMath with Civil Southeast Engineering Group said bids start to be taken for the sidewalk project from Highway 21 to Lindberg Avenue tomorrow.

“We’re keeping our fingers crossed,” McMath said.

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McMath said the maximum bid amount for this project is $400,000, adding that he anticipates to get around six bids for the project.

“We hope by the next meeting that we’ll have one for you to award,” he said.

In addition, McMath talked about another sidewalk project in the Presley Street area, and from the library to medical Park Drive.

McMath reminded council members that the resolution that they are voting on would only be for applying for the other project’s money.

“The resolution says I want to do sidewalks,” he said.

The council voted to adopt resolution 15-2015 for the sidewalk grant application.

Near the end of the meeting, Atmore Building Inspector Greg Vaughn gave an update on the drainage issues on Highway 21 right in front of Walmart.

Vaughn said things have been happening to try and fix the problem with the water not draining away, and added that the Alabama Department of Transportation, the city of Atmore and Flint Facilities Maintenance contractor have drawn up plans to correct the issue.

Vaughn said three curb drains will be installed on the east side/northbound curb lane of Highway 21, between Avenues B and C.

“Correcting the issue will begin on Wednesday,” Vaughn said.

With the project’s extensive work that needs to be done, there will be lane closures, Vaughn said.

The eastern lane, or outside lane, of northbound traffic of Highway 21/North Main Street will be closed and marked off by cones from the approximate location of the north side of Liberty Street to Cruit Drive.

The lane will be closed from today, Oct. 28 through Oct. 30, during daylight hours; and from Mon., Nov. 2 through Fri., Nov. 6, during daylight hours.

From Mon., Nov. 9 through Fri., Nov. 13, during daylight hours, lanes will be closed on Highway 21/North Main Street, in front of Walmart, between the north side of Liberty Street to Cruit Drive will be limited to only two lanes of traffic — one northbound and southbound lane.

During the project, cones will be removed at the end of each day, and normal traffic will be restored until the next workday, Vaughn said.

Vaughn said the project is slated to be complete by Thanksgiving.

In other business, the council:

• adopted a proclamation, declaring Sat., Nov. 28, 2015, as Small Business Saturday, when residents are encouraged to shop at small businesses where they live; and,

• transferred two alcohol licenses to Circle K stores in Atmore.