In its regularly scheduled meeting Monday morning, the Decatur City Council approved; what some would call, an “maintenance” agenda.
The largest expenditures went to the Street and Environmental Services Departments. The Council approved funding to purchase equipment that; according to Department Director Rickey Terry, is necessary for those departments to perform their jobs.
The Street Department was given funding to purchase three pieces of equipment for a cost in the amount of $260,858.00. According to Terry, a motor grader will be purchased and used to help the Department “get into and maintain” the alleys in the City. Another piece; that Terry referred to as a “Georgia Bucket”, is used to maintain and clean out concrete ditches. The third piece Terry sought funding for was a mini-track hoe and trailer. Terry said that piece of equipment could be used all over the City to do whatever was necessary.
He also noted that there haven’t been any purchases of Heavy Equipment since 2009.
The Environmental Services Department was given approval to obtain (2) Waste Hauling Trailers and (1) Over the Road Tractor for Solid Waste Department in an amount not to exceed $245,000.00
Money for the Street Department purchases will come from the City’s excess reserves. The other will be funded by the Solid Waste designated fund.
Other items that were given Council authorization or approval were:
- Authorized the Mayor to execute an agreement with ALDOT for Funding of Resurfacing of various Streets.
- Authorized the Mayor to execute an agreement with Decatur Utilities to paint light poles along 2nd Ave.
In a 4-1 vote, the Council also awarded a bid in the amount of $29,650.00 to Autoclear, LLC for X-Ray Scanners to be used for security purposes at City Hall. Councilman Billy Jackson was the lone holdout on that issue.
It should be noted that the Council work session previously scheduled for July 24th has been changed to July 31st. The Work session will be held on the 7th floor of City Hall at 5:00pm.
As previously reported by The Register-Republic, the hot topic of whether the City will continue with alley garbage pick up will be brought up, but only for the purpose of hearing from Street and Environmental Services Director Rickey Terry to see if the numbers show real savings. According to Council President Chuck Ard, there will be no actual discussion on the pick up until after that point.
The public is encouraged to attend that meeting.