Council hears HVAC woes at library

The Scottsboro City Council discussed the 24-year old HVAC unit at the library at the last Council meeting held on Monday, May 16, 2022. According to Mayor Jim McCamy, the unit is causing some problems at the facility. There are two options; the council can approve a new evaporator coil at $4,987, or they can approve a complete replacement at $20,000.

“It’s a 24-year unit already,” stated Council President Pudge Bailey, “and has already had a condenser replacement in 2017.”

This item was moved to the next meeting, wherein the Council will either vote to send out bids for a replacement or make a motion to repair the unit.

City Engineer Josh Little presented an item on behalf of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR). According to Little, ADCNR is putting in $500,000 to the Mink Creek boat dock area. The project will involve expanding the boat launch, adding parking and widening the road going in to the creek area. The city will be obligated to a commitment of $125,000, and the initial plan was to include this item in the budget talks that will begin later next month, putting the commitment into next fiscal year’s funds; however, the ADCNR has requested to begin the project sooner rather than later. This was moved to the next meeting.

Signage to designate a section of Highway 279 and Broad Street in memory of Dr. Wayne Patterson was also discussed. According to Mayor McCamy, the cost of installation is $3,117.96.

“We asked Senator Livingston to do a local bill, which he did. It was passed this past session, and then it went to ALDOT for their approval and design,” stated the mayor.

These funds will come out of excess sales tax.

The Street Department has a dozer that is in need of repair. Currently, the 1989 model is sitting in Huntsville, where it’s repairs are estimated to be $38,935, with this price expected to go up by 15.5% by next month. A new, smaller dozer came in at a cost of $339,279, with a lease option of $4,835.46 per month. The lease would have a pay-off of $130,725 at the end of it. This was moved to next week’s meeting.

The request to proceed with rezoning at 6326 Alabama Highway 79 was pushed to the next work session, as the pertinent parties were not present at the time of the meeting.

A pressure washer has burned out at the Vehicle Maintenance Department. The cheapest bid to come in for replacement was at $5,500. The washer was utilized by both the Vehicle Maintenance Department and the Street Department, and after 11 years, it has been worn out. This was moved to the next meeting.

Mark Peppers applied for reappointment to the Goose Pond Board, with no other applicants. This was moved to the next meeting.

Ricky O’Neal applied for reappointment to the Electric Power Board. The other applicants are Jim Boatner, Jim Green, John Franklin Powell, Jr., Ralph Goode and Shane White. This item was moved to the next meeting.

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