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Hartselle Enquirer

Falkville approves bid on Culver Road Project

Falkville Town Council accepted a $198,868 bid from Miller and Miller Inc. to replace a culvert on Culver Road at a regular meeting March 8.

The long-delayed project is being partially financed by a $69,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission. Work is expected to begin in April.

Morgan County Commissioner Don Stisher has agreed to use District 3 personnel and equipment to remove the existing metal drainpipes and excavate the work site to the required depth.

“We’ll go in and do our work after the contactor sets a start date,” Stisher said. “We want to minimize the down time and inconvenience to the people who use that part of Culver Road.”

In another matter, the council authorized Town Attorney Larry Madison to meet with a group of Robinson Road homeowners, individually, for evaluating their flood insurance and initiate a first step in seeking a federal flood mitigation grant.

The homeowners met with town officials at the last monthly work session to address a flooding problem that occurs in their neighborhood after any rain event of two or more inches. All of them were adversely affected by a 100-year flood event that happened last Christmas Day.

Mayor Bob Ramey said a meeting schedule with Madison will be set up and each homeowner will be notified of the date and time they are to meet with Madison at town hall.

District 3 Morgan County County Commissioner Don Stisher reminded the flood victims that qualifying for flood mitigation grants is s slow and lengthy process. After meeting with Madison, the next step would be to meet with Morgan County EMA representatives to learn what resources are available and want they need to so to apply to the federal government for assistance.

Madison told the council, “You will need the help of an engineer to conduct a feasibility study and develop a mitigation plan as part of the grant application process.”

The other action, the council:

•Adopted an ordinance to amend the town’s personnel policy. Sections of the policy revised were:

(1)School resource officers were exempted from one section

(2)A new section provides that annual leave may not be carried over from year to year

(3)Section 15(B) was retitled

(4)Section was added regarding utility personnel

•Declared as surplus property cumulative supplements and updates for the 1975 Code of Alabama

•Introduced, suspended the rules to give immediate consideration and approved to an ordinance amending zoning ordinance 1987-01. The new ordinance brings all previous changes under one document

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