The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


April 27, 2009

Major sidewalk project planned


• Approved Derrick, Inc., of Birmingham as the low bidder at $90,000 for a new Digger Derrick Unit for the Electric Department.

• Approved low bidder Garnet Electric of Florence at $320,293 for an upgrade to the Athens District Electric Substation.

• Approved purchase of a new Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system (SCADA) at $51,900 for the Utilities Department to replace a 1990s model for which the department can no longer obtain replacement parts.

• Re-appointed David McPherson to the city of Athens Board of Education.

• Made a one-time-only appropriation of $20,000 to the Family Resource Center to see the agency through the calendar year.

• Approved purchase of a pick-up truck from the state bid list for the Building Inspection Department for $18,189

• Approved hiring four temporary workers for General Fund Departments for $22,000; four temporary workers for the Utility Department for $22,000.

• Suspended the rules to vote on a recommendation by the Athens Planning Commission to change the zoning of the Limestone County Events Center and Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives from its present M-1 light industrial to B-4 Central Business District.

• Approved a permit to sell alcohol for Burrito Express, 1260-C U.S. 72 East. The permit will have to go to the Alcohol Review Board and then back to the council for final approval.

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