Alexander City City Council

Alexander City is operating with a $645,780 budget surplus through the first eight months of the fiscal year, even factoring in substantial spending on capital projects, giving officials confidence the city will finish 2019 with a balanced budget.

The Alexander City City Council is expected to award a $1.06 million bid to Gary Ingram Grading and Paving of Dadeville to conduct the annual repair of streets at Monday’s council meeting.

In February the city approved 11 streets for the annual maintenance program, many of which haven’t been significantly improved in two to three decades, public works director Gerard Brewer said. Gary Ingram was the sole bidder, Mayor Tommy Spraggins said.

The 11 streets with the length of scheduled upgrades are: 

• Halliana Road, 1.63 miles

• Sanders Road, 0.92 miles

• Airport Drive, 0.83 miles

• Maple Street, 0.58 miles

• 6th Street, 0.54 miles

• Calhoun Street, 0.45 miles

• Beach Street, 0.24 miles

• Adamson Street, 0.22 miles

• Eastwood Drive, 0.32 miles

• Rebecca Avenue, 0.30 miles

• Roads inside the city cemetery

If the budget allows, the following may be added to the list:

• Hydrangea Circle, 0.31 miles

• Brookside Drive, 0.26 miles

In all, that’s 6.6 centerline miles of resurfacing and patching.

Brewer said previously the city plans to begin paving in August with Sanders Road, one of the four traffic collectors on the list.

The city uses a half-cent sales tax to generate $1.2 million annually earmarked to maintain 176 miles of two-lane roads.

In other items on the agenda, the council:

• Will receive its monthly financial report for May.

• Will conduct a second reading of and vote on an amendment to an ordinance lowering the threshold for a mandatory business license on residential rental properties from $8,000 in gross annual receipts to $5,000.

• Consider a bid on the purchase and installation of equipment in two police pursuit vehicles up to $41,773.38.

• Consider a bid for fire department uniforms on an itemized basis.

• Consider amending the budget to replace the undercarriage of a landfill dozer.

• Consider a request from New Elam No. 1 Missionary Baptist Church to host an event at Cooper Recreation Center on July 27.

• Consider a request approving July 5 as a city holiday. 

The council is also expected to pay tribute to former Alexander City Mayor Don McClellan, who died Wednesday.

The pre-meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the courthouse downtown.