Andalusia affirms commitment to sidewalk project

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Andalusia City Council Tuesday reaffirmed its interest in pursuing grant funding for a $524,000 project that would extend from Dunson Street to the bypass, around the block to the Cooper Pool, and out Prestwood Bridge Road to Blueberry Hill, recently renamed Rosewood Lane.

Jeremy McMath of Civil Southeast Engineering Group previously pitched the project, as well as a $605,000 grant proposal to resurface Prestwood Bridge Road, to the council when he was an employed by DMD Engineers. The council approved the applications then.

However, after completing the ATRIP bid for paving funds, McMath left DMD and formed Civil Southeast. He said Tuesday that he and DMD agreed they would keep that project and he would ask permission from the council to seek funding in his new role. The council agreed.

If approved, the city would only be required to pay 20 percent of the project cost and the engineering fees, or about $137,000, if the grant application is approved by the Department of Transportation.

The council also agreed to purchase four sets of turnout gear for the Andalusia Fire Department at an approximate cost of $2,000 per set.