City adopts street paving project Tuesday

Published 4:48 pm Tuesday, October 11, 2022

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The Atmore City Council adopted a resolution today for a paving project that’ll improve portions of 19 different streets in the city.

The adoption of Resolution 2022-20 came after the city met Sept. 12 in a workshop to discuss the project. The estimated cost of the project is $2.6 million.

The portions of streets, along with cost include McRae Street ($55,000), 14th Avenue ($25,000), South Carney Street ($170,000), South Trammell Street ($230,000), West Horner Street ($68,000), East Horner Street ($325,000), 6th Avenue ($16,000), Ridgeley Street ($270,000), Brown Street ($70,000), West Ashley Street ($25,000), East Ashley Street ($170,000), Harris Street ($160,000), Robinson Street ($16,000), Swift Mill Road ($220,000), Bream Street ($40,000), Perch Street ($40,000), South Pensacola Avenue ($285,000), West Oak Street ($42,000), West Louisville Avenue ($23,000), Peachtree Street ($70,000) and Carpet Drive ($78,000).

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According to Atmore Advance archives, during the workshop last month, a question was asked how the city is going to pay for the paving project.

City Economic Planner and Grants Writer Chris Walker said there are a few ways to pay for the project.

Walker said one way is to either do a stand alone loan for the amount of the paving, another is going through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and doing a community facilities loan, which will consolidate the street building loan for the amount or speaking with someone concerning a bond issue to see if the interest rates would be lower than he could get through the USDA.

“I’ll have to look at this from a debt service standpoint to see what’s feasible and what interest rates we currently have now and what I can get in the open market,” Walker said. “Once you decide you’re going to move forward into it, then that’s when I can take a deep dive into this.”

Walker said the prices listed above don’t include engineering fees, and can be included in the USDA loan they’re considering.
In other business, the city:

  • announced the city’s Halloween Trick-or-Treat hours are from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Mon., Oct. 31. This is a separate event from the Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce’s Trick-or-Treat on the Street event, which will be held Fri., Oct. 28 from 4-6 p.m.; and,
  • approved a Fun Day Peace event this Sat., Oct. 15 at Houston Avery Park in memory of AJ Matthews.

Additionally, a Pink October Breast Cancer Awareness Month event is being held this Sat., Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at 405 Brookwood, Atmore. Donations for the event can be dropped off at Atmore Community Hospital for Kim Himes. Dinners and various desserts will be for sale in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Dinners will be free for on-duty personnel with the Atmore Police Department, the Atmore Fire Department and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

The event will be sponsored by Tawanna Thomas and Shawn Lassiter.