Muenger told the council he had had “minimal contact with the state Department of Transportation. But the most recent date I heard was late July or maybe early August.”
Police Chief Alan Watson said he had been told it might be September, which Muenger said might take into account weather delays.
During a previous discussion of the bypass, the council discussed the state’s plans to control the 275/Alabama 77 intersection with either four stop signs or two stops signs, both on 77.
Although the consensus of the council was they would rather see a traffic signal at the intersection, Muenger said the state would not consider placing a signal there until there had been a traffic survey, which could not be done until there was traffic on the road. Councilman Donnie Miller said how many motorists would be involved in fatal accidents before the study is complete.
Watson said he had placed a patrol car with a video camera near the proposed intersection, if only to document the high volume of traffic on 77 already. Unfortunately, he said, shortly after the cameras got up and running, the state began line relocation and placed a flag-man in the camera’s line of sight.
The city’s own traffic survey remained “a work in progress,” Muenger said.
Also Tuesday, the council:
• Saw Mayor Larry Barton present a proclamation to the R.L. Young Archery Team, which had competed for a national championship.
• Heard Chamber Director Mack Ferguson give an update on the TOP Trails Park, including plans to start pouring a foundation today for a visitor/environmental center to be built by Carpenters for Christ.
• Saw Barton administer the oath of office to Charles Yates of the Board of Adjustments and Appeals.
• Tabled proposed demolition of two structures in Ward 2.
• Approved retail beer and wine licenses for Victory Fuels at 605 Broadway Ave.
• Recognized Talladega Insurance owner and Antique Talladega founder Bill McGhee for his contribution to historic preservation and economic development.
• Approved a change order for $3,880 to replace the Spring Street Recreation Center skylight, and 11 other minor changes at $9,362.
• Approved an engineering contract for $3,200 to modify the Pope-Hill Park detention pond.
• Approved a $4,500 contract to study post-employment benefits.
• Approved demolition of structures on Christian Street, South Street and West Street.
• Approved necessary annual report for the Water and Sewer Department.
• Set the next four council meetings for June 11, June 25, July 10 and July 23.
• Approved an updated job description for system administrator/grant coordinator for the police department.
• Heard Muenger announce an audit of federal grant funds had contained no findings or questioned costs.
• Heard Muenger announce the city had been awarded a community development block grant to study drainage problems in the Frazier Farms area and an EPA Brownfield grant to continue studying industrial and petroleum related sites. Both grant applications were developed in house by Joel Wiggins and city employees, a fact the council said they deeply appreciated.
• Heard Barton praise the work Muenger was doing as city manager. “No, this is not a resignation speech,” he said. “But for the last six months, it has been an honor to serve with this manager. The city still has some of the best employees out there.”
Further coverage of Tuesday’s meeting will appear in Thursday’s Daily Home.
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