The Phenix City Council held its regular meeting at 9 a.m. via the Zoom digital platform. The Utilities department misidentified the size of the sewer line crossing Opelika Road at the bridge site in the GIS system when it was first installed; however, Assistant City Manager and Utilities Director Steve Smith said that there is not an issue with flow because of the smaller pipe size. The 30” pipe had to be moved farther away from the new bridge to allow for easier access for repairs and inspections. The City discussed a ratified resolution, stating it is not holding TUC Construction, Inc. liable for any problems that could occur to the 24” sewer line connected on each end of the 30” line; however, in the regular session on Tuesday, Mayor Eddie Lowe requested that the motion be tabled because the new line does not yet meet specifications.
The utilities department is also purchasing a new 2020 Catepillar 420 backhoe for $99,811.71 from Thompson Cat; also, the department will purchase a John Deere 5100E Utility Tractor from SunSouth, LLC for $57,287.33. All purchases are from the state approved bid list.
The city is making an application to ALDOT for funding assistance from the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program – II for street lighting and fiber installation upgrades along 280 from South Railroad Street to US-431 South. The city engineering department, along with ALDOT Traffic Design Division, has developed a preliminary scope of work and cost which is estimated to be $1,845,650. If the grant application is approved, the project will be funded 100-percent with state funds.
Under Engineering and Public Works, Ferguson Waterworks had the best bid for HDPE drainage pipe due to proximity and delivery time and its bid was approved. Also, Wright Engineering, LLC was approved to perform inspection services on the Riverwalk timber bridge in the amount of $10,000 in preparation for the structural repairs and reconstruction.
A first reading was held for an Off-Premise beer license and an Off-Premise wine license, submitted by Harihare, LLC, doing business as Sunoco Food Market at 3858 C, Highway 80 West. Second readings were held for a bonding company license application submitted by Amber Brooke Milner for Queen B Bail Bonds, located at 9063 Lee Road, 246 Suite 1 in Smiths Station and an Off-Premise Whiskey/Wine license submitted by Harihare, LLC, doing business as Big Cat Package, located at 3858 D, Highway 80 West. Due to what was said to be new information, the bonding company license was denied per the mayor’s request.
The city recognized the following Engineering and Public Works employees for their service: James Cook, Brandon Mathis, Damon McGilberry, and Bobby Morgan have served five years; Jason Arnold, Kathy Jo Davis, and Matthew Wilson have served 10 years; Angel Moore and Adam Tilley have served 15 years, and Leroy Williams, Acting Assistant Director of Public Works, is retiring after serving 25 years.
In other news, Bobby Crowe was appointed as a member of the Brickyard Project board.
A claim by a defendant for the replacement of a front bumper in the amount of $1,138.63 was presented by city attorney Jimmy Graham and approved. The city was at fault in the accident in which a city vehicle with a trailer backed into the defendant’s car.