Falkville town council met Aug. 2nd

Charley Gaines

Hartselle Enquirer

 

Falkville Town Council met to discuss several items of business Tues., Aug. 2, including Park and Recreation plans and the progress of Culver Road construction as well as the plans for the Buster Road adjustments.

The main item on the agenda Tuesday night, though, was honoring the elected officials who are going into the Aug. 23 elections unopposed. Brandon “Dill” Dillard (Place 1), Jimmie C. Walker (Place 4) and Patrick Holmes (Place 5), will all have their seats on the town council for another four years. Each received a certificate of recognition from the town.

The Culver Road project is nearing completion as workers laid pavement on Mon., Aug. 8. The only thing left after the pavement is laid across the new culvert on the road, according to Mayor Bob Ramey, would be to place guardrails on either side of the culvert. The project to reduce flooding in the area started at the beginning of the summer, but has been in the works for more than a year. Morgan County Commissioner Don Stisher said there’s no definite date since they’re working with other companies to pave the road and complete the project.

An off-shoot to the Culver Road improvements are changes in a project on Buster Road. The changes would create better traffic flow for trucks coming off the industrial area road, according to Stisher. The plans would include realigning the road and putting in another culvert in to help with water flow.

Mayor Ramey met with Alabama Department of Transportation Director John Cooper Wed., Aug. 3, in Montgomery to see if the State would help with construction on the project in the way of grants. Before meeting with Cooper, Ramey met with engineer Clark Bailey to go over their plans for the area.

“The meeting with the DOT was productive,” said Ramey. “We presented our plans, but there’s no definite figure on the cost right now. Mr. Cooper said he would talk to Senator [Arthur] Orr on our behalf. Senator Orr would take the plans to the governor because Mr. Cooper said he would rather talk to Gov. Bentley about the plans before they do anything.” Ramey went on to say they’re looking into further options since monetary assistance is up in the air as of right now.

Alton Hill, who oversees the Park and Rec department as well as sanitation, gave an update on department and their plans to reach out the high school coaches for extra help and input.

“The high school needs to be more involved with Park and Rec than they have been lately,” Hill said. “We want to form an advisory board with those coaches and our staff so we can all get on the same page.” The council member said he thinks it would be beneficial for the two organizations to work together so kids will know what they can look forward to, and “it won’t be such a shock.”

Falkville Town Council members approved the following other items on the agenda unanimously:

Appropriation of $1,500 to FY17 budget for Mental Health Center of North Alabama

FY17 agreement with U.S. Geological Survey. This covers the water survey that is required from the town.

Task Order 02-2016 with Volkert, Inc. for sanitary sewer feasibility study for $19,800 to be expended from the State Trust Fund. The study would check to see if the town’s existing sewer system could handle additional flow from Highway 31 to the railroad tracks at Culver Road. At the work session before the council meeting, Ramey said, “This would give us the information that would help us when we apply for grants for building that area.”

Annual agreement with Morgan County Schools for SRO. The agreement carries every year, paying the school’s SRO $16,500.

 

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