By Trent Moore
The Cullman Times
By taking advantage of some left over bond money, the City of Cullman has purchased more than $350,000 in upgraded equipment and vehicles for the Cullman water and sewer department.
The department purchased a $160,000 tri-axle dump truck from the state bid list; a $95,000 backhoe loader; a $20,000 large equipment trailer from state bid list; and 20 wholesale water meters from HD supply at a cost of $76,336.
The money was set aside as part of a former bond issue and must be spent for water department supplies.
“The money was left over for that purpose and has to be spent within a segment of time,” city clerk Wes Moore said. “It’s not coming from the budget. It was already there in a separate account.”
Water superintendent Chris Freeman said the bond money will help his department update some outdated vehicle and equipment that are necessary for day-to-day operations. He also noted the water meters are much more accurate and efficient than the older models.
“This is all equipment we need, absolutely,” he said. “The meters should pay for themselves within a year.”
In other business the council:
Approved a request from Bill McCartney of the Red Door Cafe & Thrift for a special event permit on Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for Chili-Fest beside Depot Park.
Approved a request from Rodger Turner of Smith Farms for a special event permit to hold a Music Festival on Thursday, June 13th, 2013 through Saturday, June 15th, 2013 at Smith Farms.
Approved a request from Tina Murphree of the Tea Party for a special event permit to rally on the sidewalks around the Cullman County Courthouse to support the 2nd Amendment on Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
Approved a request from Water & Sewer Superintendent Chris Freeman to purchase twenty wholesale meters from HD Supply in the amount of $76,336.
Approved a request from Water & Sewer Superintendent Chris Freeman to go to bid or purchase from state bid a large equipment trailer in the estimated cost of $20,000.
Approved a request from Water & Sewer Superintendent Chris Freeman to go to bid or purchase from state bid a tri-axle dump truck in the estimated cost of $160,000.
Approved a request from Water & Sewer Superintendent Chris Freeman to go to bid or purchase from state bid a backhoe loader in the estimated cost of $95,000.
Approved a request from Sanitation Superintendent Larry Jones to purchase a 2014 Kenworth Rear Loader T470 from NJPA for the budgeted cost of $177,051.
Approved a request from Sanitation Superintendent Larry Jones to purchase two 20 yard sludge containers from Bakers Waste for the budgeted cost of $14,718.
Approved a request from Regions Bank to rezone their property located at 202 Elizabeth Street NE from B-2 to CBD.
Approved the Public Records Request Policy for the City of Cullman, Alabama.
Approved a resolution to enter into a memorandum of understanding with Cullman City Schools.
Approved a resolution to enter into contract with Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood to prepare a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan in the amount not to exceed $2,500.
Entered into a contract with Sain Associates for professional services related to the intersection of 5th Street SE and 3rd Avenue SE in the amount not to exceed $9,400.
Approved a Municipal Water Pollution Prevention Program.
Submitted application with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management’s Recycle Grant Program.
Forwarded a request to establish Sunset Drive NE as an “One-Way” street to the planning commission.
Approved an ordinance to annex 40.17 acres (parcel #17-01-01-00-3) owned by Cullman Regional Medical Center (CRMC) into the City of Cullman, Alabama as B-2 with a favorable recommendation from the City of Cullman Planning Commission.
Trent Moore can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com, or by telephone at 734-2131, ext. 220.