“It is very much needed,” said Councilman Jay Jenkins. “It’s probably the most needed light in this area. I’m sure there are others though.”
He said there are 200 homes in the Fox Hollow subdivision, and the residents are forced to find alternate routes to enter U.S. 231 from Jeanne Pruett Drive.
Jenkins said residents take back roads to enter U.S. 231 at Jack’s Restaurant, where there is a traffic signal.
He said in addition to the residential community, there are doctors offices and the St. Clair County Health Department is located on Jeanne Pruett Drive.
“I know the residence of Fox Hollow will be very happy,” Jenkins said.
He said the traffic light at Jeanne Pruett Drive will synchronize with the light signal at Dr. John Haynes Drive.
City officials said the cost of the installation of the light is estimated at $110,000. The city’s match is $55,000.
At Monday morning’s meeting, the council also passed a resolution declaring that certain Chamber of Commerce events qualify for special business license fees. The resolution also waives the city’s sales tax bond for businesses participating in those events.
Those events approved by the council include the Hometown Block Party, Fourth Friday’s Downtown Pell City, Paws in the Park and the Alabama Tough Man Triathlon.
Participates who sale items at those events will only have to pay a one-time fee of $32 to participate, along with the sale taxes collected from sales.
In other matters Monday, the council:
• Approved allocating $6,200 to the Center for the Performing Arts for a new movie projector.
• Approved a restaurant retail liquor license for Keith Hughes and Blyth Walls for their new restaurant at 2401 Stemley Bridge Road.
• Approved purchasing 40 new Christmas lights for Cogswell and Comer avenues. The new Christmas lights will cost about $10,000.
• Approved waiving user fees at the Pell City Parks and Recreation Department baseball/softball fields at the Sports Complex for the Pell City High School softball team. The high school team is hosting a tournament to help raise money for the girls’ softball program.
• Approved the low bid submitted by B&S Sporting Goods for spring sports uniforms and trophies.
• Awarded the contract in the amount of $139,375 to McKinney Construction of Centre for the renovation of the softball field restroom and concession facility; Contracts HVAC for the heating and air installation in the amount of $17,177; Joiner Plumbing for the plumbing in the amount of $21,811; and Johnny’s Electric for the electrical work to the facility in the amount of $29,500.
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