Opp awards East Covington bid

Published 12:02 am Friday, October 8, 2010

Phase 2 of the Opp Downtown Revitalization project is expected to begin in November.

The City Council awarded a $345,869 bid to Northwest Building Supply, the company that is currently working on the Main Street project.

Funding for the project comes from an Alabama Depa-rtment of Transp-ortation grant with the city supplying 20 percent of of the construction costs.

Mayor H.D. Edgar said the city is awaiting final approval from the Alabama Department of Transportation, but expects to receive the department’s approval by Friday.

“If I don’t hear from them I’m going to call (Speaker of the House) Seth (Hammett) to get him to call them and get them to do it soon,” he said. “I anticipate this project to start after Opp Fest.”

Opp Fest is scheduled for Sat., Oct. 30.

Edgar said he is pleased with the work the company is doing on the Main Street project and the company is easy to work with.

As part of the project, the street will receive new post street lighting, new sidewalks, street paving and landscaping. The city will also move the utility lines underground.

In other business, the city council approved a name change of the former Head Start Location to Hardin Street Activity Center.