Piedmont Water Works, Gas, and Sewer Superintendent Jesse McKnight brought some good news to the city council on Tuesday. McKnight informed the council that the city had been awarded a $450,000 federal Community Development Block Grant for much needed sewer repairs.
McKnight said that the department will now turn to the Alabama State Revolving Fund to apply for an additional $500,000 loan and a $500,000 grant. The department had previously applied for this grant, but decided to withdraw their application at that time.
Aquatic Center Director Craig Russell gave a report on the new city pool’s first year of operation. According to Russell, the pool generated $57,665 in gross revenue. It also saw an average of 147 daily swimmers during the summer of 2014.
The council approved bills for payment in the amount of $335,750.01 in addition to a payroll amount of $110,928.78 for a total of $446,678.79.
Also, a property on Centre Avenue was declared a public nuisance in the next step toward abatement.
Piedmont Fire Chief Mike Ledbetter urges everyone to be careful when heating their homes this winter, especially when using space heaters. Additionally, Ledbetter reminds everyone to make sure that their smoke detectors are in working order.
Mayor Bill Baker read a proclamation, declaring November 21st through the 27th as Alabama Farm City Week.
The next regular Piedmont City Council Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 2nd, at 6 pm.