The Eva Road bridge may open this weekend, depending on the weather, Cullman Mayor Woody Jacobs said at the Cullman City Council meeting Monday night. The bridge has been closed since November 2018, after it was rated 47 out of a scale of 100.
“As I said last week, it’s definitely weather-dependent and this is not a good week for weather,” said Jacobs. Despite that, city crews were able to do temporary striping on the road Friday, and guard rails went up on Saturday. “We’re down to a few punch-list items,” he said. Security lighting is among those items. “As soon as they put those lights in we’re going to open.”
He and Police Chief Kenny Culpepper warned that police will be strictly enforcing the speed limit once the bridge opens. There will be electronic signs informing drivers of their speed and extra police patrols in the area. “All this was done in the interest of public safety, the lighting and all that, which is a good thing,” said the mayor. “The problem is that it makes it easier to go faster. We’re going to try to set a precedent for people to slow down a bit, because it is coming into a school zone.
“We’re looking forward to it being open and everybody getting back to their old routines,” he added.
In the short meeting Monday, the council passed a resolution granting a tax abatement to Royal Technologies for an addition to their existing facility. The expansion will create an additional 50 jobs and provide a capital investment of $2 million. The abatement does not apply to school taxes.
The council also awarded a road construction bid to Carcel & G Construction in the amount of $348,045. The construction is for the road from NAFCO to County Road 222. The city received a $324,000 grant for the project, with the difference coming out of the city’s budget.
East Elementary received approval for one-mile and 5k color runs in the area around the school on Saturday, March 14 at 7 a.m. The event will raise funds for school playground equipment.
The council also approved a resolution encouraging all Cullman residents to participate in the 2020 Census. Jacobs said the cities and counties have come together to promote the importance of getting a complete count. “We did the team approach, everybody working together, all the communities working together,” he said. “We’re all going to be holding community events for awareness. The mayors, they’re fired up.”
“It’s very important,” said Council President Jenny Folsom. Census data is used to determine Congressional representation, tax allocations, federal funds for schools and in awarding grants to communities.
The next meeting of the Cullman City Council will be Monday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. This is a change from their regular meeting schedule of meeting on the second and fourth Mondays of the month.