By Toni Stauffer
City employees were recognized on Tuesday at the Phenix City Council meeting. The following were recognized for their years of service:
• Lauren Tice –Library – 5 Years
• Barbara Delong – Engineering and Public Works -5 Years • Kristi Goggans – 5 Years
• Linda Porch – Parks and Recreation – 15 Years
• Mary Willis Jones – Engineering and Public Works – 15 Years
• Sgt. Percy Hill –Police Department – 25 Years
• Michael Chambers – Utilities Department – 25 Years
The Phenix City Water Filtration Plant, which keeps the city’s water safe, received the Alabama Water and Pollution Control Association Award of Excellence.
Mayor Eddie Lowe issued two proclamations. The first recognized the Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic to be held this Saturday. It’s now in its 83rd year and in its tenth year at the A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium.
The second proclamation recognized October as National Head Start Awareness Month. Head Start is a national school readiness program that provides comprehensive education in health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low income children from birth to five years of age. Currently, the program services the needs of 958 children across the state and has more than 1.2 million volunteers nationwide. Still, the need for volunteers is always present as the program continues to grow.
During the meeting, the council approved to accept a quote from Southern Supply in the amount of $29,168.95 for Geotextile Fabric and Cell material to repair the street in Hickory Heights Subdivision. Council member Steve Bailey clarified that this type of repair would make it easier for the people who live in the subdivision to get in and out. It will allow the road to be fixed in a timely fashion and disturb the everyday life of the residents as little as possible. The motion was approved.
Two resolutions to request from the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) a change on the classification of Dobbs Drive and 7th Street from Local to Urban Minor Collectors was approved. Local roads are funded 100 percent by the city, whereas Urban Minor Collectors receive 80 percent federally matching NPO funds and 20 percent local. Having these roads changed from Local to Urban Minor Collectors was deemed necessary due to an increase in traffic and safety concerns.
All board appointments were approved to be tabled for later discussion, and itemized statements of expense for the Fire Department, totaling $123.14, were approved. Two applications for Off Premise Beer Licenses and Off Premise Wine Licenses, submitted by Sanjay R. Patel for Palak LLC, dba John’s Bread and Basket located at 3911 and 3911-B US High 80 West were approved.
There were two claims filed. One by Darlene Neasman, which was tabled due to confusion over ownership of the vehicle, and one by Nakya Weathers. An officer broke the car door handle Ms. Weather’s vehicle while assisting in a medical emergency. The claim for $243.60 was approved.
In other news, there is on-going construction on Brickyard Road, because the city is replacing pipes. The work is being done is sections and is expected to take at least two months to complete. Downing Drive is undergoing a complete road reclamation and will take at least three weeks to complete.