With the approval of the plan the city will continue moving forward with securing a bond issue to lower its current debt service payments and to help fund four capital improvement projects the council approved at its Monday night’s meeting.
“…The City Council has determined that it is wise, expedient, and in the best interests of the City and its citizens to pursue the construction of certain improvements to the Pell City Civic Center, which improvements include a city pool, the purchase of what is known as the CenturyLink building for the relocation of the Pell City Public Library and the provision of future City services, and the construction of certain improvements and facilities operated by the City’s Parks and Recreation Department..” the resolution authorizing the capital improvement plan of the City of Pell City states.
The capital improvement plan includes $2 million for the construction of a new city pool and improvements to the Civic Center.
City officials said the pool could adjoin the Civic Center at the back of the current facility.
The capital improvement plan also includes $1.2 million for the purchase of the CenturyLinhk building, as well as funds for renovations there for a new public library. Renovations include new heating and air units and a new roof for the building.
At Monday night’s meeting, the council delayed approving the actual sales/purchase contract for the CenturyLink building until changes are made to the actual contract.
The capital improvement plan also includes an additional $266,750 for the construction of facilities and other improvements at the Pell City Parks and Recreation Department Lakeside Park and the Sports Complex.
The city will also secure an additional $1 million to reimburse the city’s reserve for the purchase of the former Avondale Mills property.
In all, the city is expected to spend $4.5 million for capital improvement projects.
In other matters Monday night, the council:
• Approved a balanced budget for the upcoming 2014 fiscal year.
• Approved an ordinance that will allow residents to discharge a firearm within the city limits.
• Appointed Ron Helms to the city’s Commercial Development Authority.
• Approved posting the Assistance City Clerk position, which has remained vacant since Penny Isbell was promoted to City Clerk.
• Approved a proposal to repair storm drainage and sewer line at the intersection of 7th Avenue North and 23rd Street North. The cost of the repair can not exceed $38,000.
• Disappproved outsourcing payroll services for the city.
• Approved a proclamation proclaiming the week of Oct. 20-26 as Pro Bono Week.
• Approved to apply for a Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham grant to help pay for renovations to the new public library in the CenturyLink building.
• Approved to request proposals from possible construction managers to oversee the construction of the new municipal pool.
• Approved a contract to participate in the Senior Nutrition Program. The agreement is dependent on sufficient funding from federal, state and local partners.
• Approved downtown Christmas decorations, pending resolution of legal issues.
• Held an executive session to discuss possible litigation.
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