The low bid of $125,500 was more than the city has budgeted for the heating, ventilation and air conditioning improvements at the recreation center, but City Hall Improvement Project Manager Mike Whetstone recommended tentatively awarding the low bid to Trinity Contractors, which submitted the low bid. Value-engineering practices will be used to try to bring the cost down, and the council agreed to take formal action to authorize the contract once the final cost has been determined.
Also Wednesday, the council declared as surplus all the school campus real estate it owned, and transferred ownership of the campuses to the Sylacauga Board of Education. The council adopted ordinances one by one to transfer ownership of the Pinecrest Elementary School, Mountainview School, Sylacauga High School, the Sylacauga High School back parking lot, and the Stanton House adjacent to that parking lot.
The council also:
Amended the city’s business license ordinance to remove a requirement for surety bonds for electrical and plumbing/gas-fitting contractors, which had been on the books since before state certification was required for such contractors.
Authorized Mayor Doug Murphree to sign a contract with the Sylacauga Alliance for Family Enhancement to administer the city’s transportation program, sponsored though a grant from the East Alabama Regional Planning Commission and the Alabama Department of Transportation.
Approved expenses for city employees to attend job-related training sessions.
Took no action on placing an advertisement in an upcoming Chamber of Commerce magazine.