The Piedmont City Council, on Tuesday, approved a $1.87 million contract to begin the long awaited upgrades to the city’s water treatment plant.
The plan, which has been in the works for almost 5 years, calls for much needed renovations to the city’s water treatment plant, built in 1954 and last updated in 1971, as well as the addition of a well to provide the city with a secondary water source.
Jesse McKnight, superintendent of the city’s sewer, water, and gas department, said in a previous meeting that the total cost for the project has risen to about $1.8 million since the city first agreed to the upgrades over 2 years ago.
The project will be paid for with a loan the city obtained from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) in 2015.
In other business, the council adopted a new parking ordinance, prohibiting parking along the street, unless a resident doesn’t have access to a driveway. An exception will be made for special events, as long as vehicles are parked for less than 24 hours. Additionally, 2-hour street parking will still be allowed in the downtown business district.
First-time violators can expect to receive a $25 fine, which will double with each additional offense—not to exceed $500.
After some previous reservations, the council unanimously voted to continue their partnership Centre-Piedmont-Cherokee County Regional Airport at a cost of $10,000 per year.
Bills for payment were approved in the amount of $602,722.44.
The next regular Piedmont City Council Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 19th, following the work session, which is set for 5:30pm.