City braces for two major projects

Published 9:45 pm Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Managing the logistics of two major infrastructure projects is a key concern for City of Troy employees.

The council on Tuesday awarded the bid for a major water and sewer system capital improvement project along Elm, Park, Center and South Brundidge streets. The project, which could begin within 30 days, is expected to take up to six months complete. And, just last week, the mayor signed the work order to begin a project to widen and resurface South Brundidge Street.

“Let me caution you … that we need coordination by these contractors,” Mayor Jimmy Lunsford told Utilities Manager James Flowers during the council’s work session. “If you have one contractor blocking South Brundidge Street and another blocking Park, you could have a real problem.”

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The water system improvements are part of a $6 million capital improvement effort.

“This is the first of a three-phase project,” Flowers told the council during work session. “First are these improvements to the water lines; second, the addition of a sewer line; and third, the new well project.”

The bid for this first phase was awarded to Blankenship Contracting Inc. of Dothan, who bid $1,299,206.80 for the project, estimated to cost $1.3 million.

“The project is funded by ADECA and EDA funding,” engineer Bob Carter told the council. A mix of grants and local dollars comprise the remainder of the $6 million needed for the entire project.

Juggling the concurrent work will require specific coordination, Lunsford said. “If we can live through that construction, there’s going to be a tremendous improvement in service.”

In other business on Tuesday, the council:

• Awarded three off-premises retail beer and wine licenses: the first to Flash Market Inc., which plans to reopen the Horizon convenience store and gas station on U.S. 231 and the other two to the two Dollar General locations in Troy, one of South Three Notch and the other in Southland Plaza.

• Appointed Eva Green to a full, five-year term on the Troy City Schools Board of Education. Green had been appointed to fulfill the unexpired term of John Parker, who resigned earlier this year. Her term ends in 2016.

• Approved a resolution to recommit a $6 million line of credit o Troy Hospital Health Care of Authority for operational funding for Troy Regional Medical Center. The line of credit is the city’s guaranty of funding for the hospital is renewable annually.

• Heard updates from the mayor on ongoing efforts for industrial recruitment and plans to meet with architects and representatives of the Colley Senior Complex and Nutrition Center to discuss plans for the expansion and growth of the facilities.

• Discussed in work session the need to consider what the city will do with five parcels of land, including and surrounding the current Troy Public Library facility on Three Notch Street.

“We’ll have to dispose of it, and we need to start thinking about that,” Lunsford said.