Piedmont city officials, on Tuesday, were informed of the need to make improvements to the city’s water testing facility in order to maintain state compliance and avoid potential fines.
Jessie McKnight, superintendent of the city’s water, gas, and sewer department, informed the council that the cost to make the necessary upgrades, which include paint and acid-resistant cabinets inside the lab, would cost about $45,000.
McKnight said the work is necessary, as the department has already received citations from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM).
While no action was taken, Mayor Bill Baker said that the council would need to decide soon on whether to spend the money.
In other business, Council Member Matt Rogers was reappointed to serve as the city’s AMEA Election Committee Representative.
The council agreed to allow Police Chief Freddie Norton hire a certified police officer, filling a recent vacancy.
Bills for payment were approved in the amount of $534,458.02.
The next regular Piedmont City Council Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 5th, following the work session, which is set for 5:30pm.