It was a longer than usual agenda for the Centre City Council on Tuesday, the council approved the minutes from the previous meeting and also approved the bills for payment.
Council members also approved a proposal from the Cherokee County Herald to once again participate in the annual Review and Forecast Publication at a cost of $275; this is something that the city does on a yearly basis.
A public hearing was also held concerning the rezoning of a parcel of land on Armory Road from Residential – 3 to Highway Commercial, that property is currently owned by Mrs. Marsha Hill. There being no discussion from the public that Ordinance was unanimously approved.
At the request of City Engineer Mark Welsh, the city has awarded a bid for renovations to the Armory Building to Hale Construction Company in the amount of $449,600 as they were the lowest bid. Welsh along with Wayne Meadows with LADD Engineering opened those sealed bids.
The council also heard from Mr. Charles Sanders who addressed the council concerning some repairs and renovations that need to be done at the JFK Recreation Center on Bay Springs Road, Sanders said that the bathrooms need to be remodeled, the electrical system redone and the kitchen remodeled just to name of the request.
Mayor Wilkie and the Council all agreed that they would set down with Sanders and others to formulate a plan to try and get the projects completed in a timely manner.
Mayor Wilkie said that there is a cross drain that needs to be replaced on Northwood Drive between the high school and the hospital, Wilkie said that there is no repairing the drain and that it is going to have to be replaced, the project will warrant closing the road for two to three days once the project begins, the cost will be approximately $12,000.
The council also gave approval of an Ordinance allowing Sgt. Riley Combs to apply for a $10,000 grant for the police department.
The city will be accepting applications for the position of Fire Chief next week; to qualify you must a Certified Firefighter with a minimum of five years experience or a Certified Volunteer with a minimum of 15 years experience.
The council also adopted an Ordinance at the request of DeKalb Cherokee Gas Company, Mayor Wilkie said that the company has built a new facility in Fort Payne and is in the process of selling the old property, the adjoining parking lot will become property of the City of Fort Payne to be used as a public parking lot however DC Gas is requesting an Ordinance from the City of Fort Payne, the Town of Collinsville and the City of Centre conveying that the lot will be used as such and that the City of Fort Payne cannot sale it.
Nearing the end of the meeting, the Council went into an Executive Session to discuss pending litigation with City Attorney Al Shumaker – No further action was taken on the matter.