Work on the McKelvey Chevrolet building, which the city purchased late last year, should begin soon, transforming the building into a new city hall. | Alison James
Work on the McKelvey Chevrolet building, which the city purchased late last year, should begin soon, transforming the building into a new city hall. | Alison James

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Council accepts low bid for work on new city hall

Published 11:31am Thursday, June 27, 2013

The council moved forward on the McKelvey building, accepting the low bid from Whatley Construction in Auburn for necessary renovations at its Tuesday meeting.

The council accepted the bid of $295,735.

“We’ve got a building that’s sitting up here doing nothing that we’ve already got a lot of money invested in,” said Councilman Mickey Tarpley. “If we’re going to move into that building, I think we need to move toward doing the construction.”

The council also voted on a loan for the building, choosing Aliant Bank for a $375,000 loan at a fixed rate of 3.05 percent for 10 years.

Work on the McKelvey building should begin in early July.

In other business, Councilman Billy Monroe brought up the topic of buying shirts for the street department. Mayor Joe Smith said the city couldn’t afford the cost – especially since that would be buying shirts for employees of every city department.

“I think it’s absurd not spend $650 to get shirts, even if we have to sell cakes on the square,” said Councilman Mickey Tarpley.

“We may be selling cakes on the square, the way we keep spending money,” Smith countered.

After a discussion about the city’s current financial state – including known and potential financial obligations, income sources and money coming in from grants – no decision was made regarding the purchase of shirts for the street department and other city employees.

The council also:

- voted in favor of Resolution 13-11 for a grant for sewer rehabilitation.

- continued discussion of the road name change – Pine Street and Green Valley Drive to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Drive and heard from Anita Haggerty on the requirements and process for making the change, including assigning new addresses for residents on Green Valley Drive.

- heard an update on the fire truck. Repairs are complete, and representatives from the fire department will pick it up from Decatur, likely this week.

- discussed an issue with the city’s financial obligation for employees’ insurance because of a requirement in the employee manual that is not being followed.

- set up a committee to continue work on the proposed animal ordinance.

- agreed to seek future opportunities for obtaining funding to rehabilitate/replace sidewalks.

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