The council approved a contract for engineering services for repaving and drainage work on Old Alabama Road from Sixth Street to Bethany Baptist Church. Estimated costs for engineering work are $12,500, while the entire project is expected to cost a little more than $100,000.
Old Alabama Road became an issue for the city following heavy rains last fall. The drainage along the roughly half-mile section to be repaired was unable to handle the volume of water caused by continuous rain and runoff. With nowhere left to go, the water went under the pavement, causing the road's bed to wash away and leaving the pavement sunken and crumbled.
In addition, the council voted to approve a contract for engineering services for the repaving of a portion of Fourth Street. The section in question has a negative grade and will be made level during the construction.
City Manager Kevin McBurnett said that while drainage is not an issue, motorists have a difficult time maneuvering the high crown and slant of the road.
A contract for a Local Assistance Road Program project on Eleventh Street from Gaston Westbrook Avenue to the dead end was also approved. The agreement will provide $1,885 of the projected $20,000 to $25,000 cost of repaving and striping that section of roadway.
Also Monday, the council:
* Held a second reading of and approved the 2010-2011 budget, which represents a 14 percent increase over last year. The proposed budget, which would take effect July 1, totals $1,771,020, with the 2009-2010 budget totaling $1,550,829.
* Held a second reading of and approved the 2010-2011 state drug fund budget.
* Approved a resolution on litigation. Under the resolution, when the city and a vendor enter litigation, either party will have the option of terminating their business dealings.
* Held a first reading of the Soil Erosion Sedimentation and Pollution Control Ordinance. The ordinance, which was state-mandated, will require a $3,000 bond per acre of land that will be disturbed during development.
* Postponed a vote on the Public Works Safety Manual.
* Held a first reading of the water rate structure for District 2.
* Approved a resolution to amend development regulations section 800 post-development stormwater management for both new development and redevelopment.
* Approved a resolution to amend development regulations section 1000 illicit discharge and illegal connection.
* Entered into executive session to discuss attorney-client matters.
The council will hold its next meeting Monday, June 28, at 7 p.m. at city hall.