Council negotiating commercial development in Ladonia

Council negotiating commercial development in Ladonia

By Toni Stauffer

In Monday’s work session, city engineer Angel Moore said that city’s Planning Commission is in preliminary negotiations with Girard Partners, LP, for a commercial development on the 14 acres next to the Neighborhood Walmart in Ladonia. 

A resolution was approved by the council to authorize the purchase of insurance contracts from the Flowers Insurance Agency through the Hartford and Hudson Insurance Companies. This is a renewal of the previous policy and will run from April 15 , 2019 until April 20, 2020 and was the only bid received despite advertisements. The Hartford property insurance policy will be $116,775.00, and the Hartford inland marine insurance policy will be $6,898.00. The Hudson auto insurance totals $47,058.00. 

The council approved a resolution for a Mutual Aid Agreement that will partner with participating cities, departments, commissions, and organizations to provide needed resources, facilities, services and any other required support during an emergency or disaster.

Mayor Eddie Lowe issued a proclamation recognizing National Donate Life Month. Kimberly Garner, a cornea transplant recipient received the proclamation on behalf of the Alabama Organ Center’s life-saving mission. 

The Opelika Road bridge is now closer to being replaced. The city has come to an agreement with property owner Billy Norris. Although the property was valued at $1,750, Norris asked for $7,500. Rather than going through a costly legal battle, the city approved the $7,500. The state of Alabama will pay 80 percent, meaning that the city will pay $2,500. During a hydraulic study, engineering discovered that the bridge will have to be raised an additional nine feet, because of flooding during rain. The city is having to purchase an additional piece of property from Norris to add sanitary sewer lines, also for the cost of $7,500. 

Sgt. Driver Engineer Mikel Wilborn from the Fire Department will be receiving his helmet and badge for the sum of $1.00 in recognition of his 26 years and seven months of public service.