Florala has projects aplenty on tap

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Florala city council added two additional projects to its ever-growing list of infrastructure improvements Monday.

City council members first approved two resolutions to award contracts in a $400,000 sewerage improvement Community Block Development (CDBG) grant to rehab sewer lines from Fifth Street to Pecan Street and to two blocks north on U.S. Hwy. 33. The grant will also allow for the renovations of two sewer pumping stations.

The Florala Utilities Board has committed a match of $40,000 for the project; however, the city is acting as administrator of the project.

Secondly, Mayor Robert Williamson announced the city has been awarded an additional $38,874 in supplemental CDBG funds from the federal stimulus package.

“What we decided to do with this money is that since the project had to be in the scope of our current projects, we chose to use the money to repave portions of Martin Luther King Street and Tenth Street,” Williamson said. “There are 13 homes that will benefit from this project.”

Other stimulus funds have been used to repave portions of West Fifth Avenue, Juniper Street and Sixth Avenue. At present, there are four major construction projects in the works – the Florala State Park amphitheater and community center, a multiphase downtown sidewalk project, the Main Street utilities project and a recently funded project that will install new sidewalks throughout town to Florala High School.

In other business, the council:

• approved to spend up to $150 for signage advertising city-owned commercial property for sale on Hwy. 85.

• distributed six-month financial statements which showed the city was nearly $51,000 under budget for the current fiscal year.