Keith said the building, which dates back to the early 1950s, has needed renovations for years. The fact that the troops there are being deployed to Afghanistan made this the perfect time to do the renovations .
“When we found out about the deployment nine months ago, we thought this was the perfect time,” he said. “We’ll put it out for bids, and we should be ready to start working by December. All the work should be finished by the time the troops come home.”
The project will improve access, enhance security and add another 3,600 square feet to the existing structure. The bricks and mortar will be replaced, then the inside will be gutted and completely refurbished, and all new furnishings will be provided.
Keith said that when armories are refurbished, there is typically some assistance available to first responders in the area as well, although he did not elaborate on this.
He also said the drawing he presented to the council is not final yet.
Also during the same meeting, Water Department manager Chuck Thomerson said the city was required to notify customers of a testing violation.
“The number of required monthly tests recently dropped from 30 to 20,” Thomerson said. “But that 20 is just water in the system, it does not include the three raw water tests required. So they actually collected 21 samples total last month, but only 18 were in the system.”
All of the tests that were completed showed acceptable results, he said. The violation requires a public announcement, but will not have any long-term consequences if it is not repeated.
Also Monday, city manager Brian Muenger announced that Veolia Environmental Services, the company that does trash pickup for the city, has been fined $2,175, with more fines possible in the near future. In a letter to the council and the company, Muenger outlined several violations of the contract, including trucks that are not maintained properly and leak oil and hydraulic fluid; trucks that are not kept clean; failure to deliver new trash bins in a timely fashion and failure to address customer complaints in a timely fashion. Failure to pick up trash during the hours mentioned in the contract was also cited.
Also Monday night, the council:
• Refused to grant extensions to three condemned properties and agreed to leave three others on the demolition list until their councilmen have an opportunity to inspect them and make a recommendation to the manager.
• Agreed to donate a surplus light bar from the Police Department to the Berney Station Volunteer Fire Department.
• Approved beer and wine licenses for Wings and Things on Fort Lashley Avenue.
• Honored the local Cal Ripkin baseball team, which will be competing for a state championship next month. The council discussed, but did not vote on, donating $200 for travel expenses.
• Approved minor changes to the city’s mobile home ordinance.
• Approved a recommendation to leave the intersection of Stephen J. White Memorial Blvd. and East Coosa Street a four way stop. The traffic signal at that intersection is damaged beyond repair, and there is not enough traffic through the intersection to merit replacing it.
• Approved a FEMA grant application for a new Sabre TM 1,000 gallon pumper truck for the Fire Department with a local match of $18,400.
• Approved a contract with Neel-Schafer engineering for a phase one Isbell Circle bridge replacement for $36,000.
• Approved continuing a federal rural transportation program by committing $46,146 in matching funds.
• Approved a contract with National Tank of Nashville for a chemical storage tank for $38,250 and a contract with Davis Builders for a chemical storage building worth $13,575 at the water plant. In-house services helped make the project doable by bringing down the price.
• Surplussed a chiller unit from the Wehadkee Building.
• Announced that the Rotary Club has donated four picnic tables made at E.H. Gentry and valued at $250 each to the Spring Street Recreation Center.
• Heard Councilman Donnie Miller suggest adding an administrative fee to get an extension on a demolition order.
• Discussed a request for flags on Stephen J. White Memorial Blvd. Community Appearance director Mitch Bast said the flags would be up next week for July 4.
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