The Piedmont City Council, on Tuesday, reviewed an ordinance, concerning the terms of a $1.4 million loan needed to complete renovations to the city’s aging water treatment plant.
The renovations, which have already been approved by the council, include adding a well to the city’s water supply at a cost of $400,000 in addition to approximately $1 million worth of improvements to the water treatment plant, built in 1954 and last upgraded in 1971.
Both the water treatment upgrades and well project will be funded through a 20-year Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) loan, which carries an interest rate of 2.25 percent.
The council plans to vote on the ordinance accepting the obligations of the loan at its next meeting.
In other business, a low bid of $38,500 was accepted from Jim House and Associates/Evoqua Water Technologies to complete an aerator project at the city’s lagoon.
Also, the council gave permission to Police Chief Freddie Norton to apply for a Local Law Enforcement Assistance grant in the amount of $9,999.99. If awarded, Norton said the grant would be used to purchase new equipment, most likely new laptops.
Permission was also granted to Fire Chief Mike Ledbetter to travel to Missouri to examine two fire trucks that the department is considering purchasing. The cost of the trip will be covered by the city’s fire tax.
Bills for payment were approved in the amount of $309,231.40 in addition to a payroll amount of $112,595.19 for a total of $421,826.59.
City Clerk Michelle Franklin noted that during the final months of this year, all current bills have been paid, which hasn’t always been the case in years past. Mayor Bill Baker added that while the city had dipped into a line of credit this time last year, such a move wasn’t needed this year.
The council then entered into an executive session to discuss a property matter.
The next regular Piedmont City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 15th, at 6 pm.