Bond issue meetings resume at Meadowview

Published 10:54 pm Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Hearings for the proposed $10 million bond issue for the City of Selma begin again today at 6:30 p.m. at Meadowview Elementary School.

The list of projects has dwindled as city officials and the public move to cut the bond issue total from $15 million to the desired $10 million.

“It may look like a lot in your bank account or in your pocket, but when you are talking about a city and projects, it’s not that much,” said Mayor George Evans.

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The bond issue vote is set for Oct. 27. The U.S. Department of Justice has approved the election day, according to Jimmy Nunn, the city’s attorney.

“The Justice Department had no objection to the election. We may go ahead as planned,” he said.

Proposed bond projects, the latest list available from City Hall, include:

Cemetery Department: backhoe, $50,000; zero turn mower, $7,500; pickup truck, $20,000;

Fire Department: engine company fire truck, $350,000; rescue company truck, $225,000; repair to chief’s office, $7,500; repairs to Fire Station No. 2, $180,000; repairs to Fire Station No. 3, $127,000; repairs to Fire Station No. 4, $78,000; and repairs to Fire Station No. 5, $30,000;

Information Technology Department : business application financial management server upgrade, $482,000; wired/wireless solution, $$2.1 million; public safety video surveillance system, $400,000;

Planning and Development Department: Riverfront Park amphitheater, $641,844;

Police Department: complete building renovation, $349,199; upgrade/replace patrol and detective division fleet, $841,258; upgrade/replace patrol division equipment, $574,961.55;

Public Buildings: Animal Shelter new roof, $52,832; City Hall, $475,500; Convention Center, $101,997; Performing Arts Center, $124,098; Red School House/Red Cross Building: $55,000; Vaughan-Smitherman Museum, $116,539; White Force Cottage, $15,500;

Public Works Department: automated garbage truck, $188,426; Freightliner M2 unit, $322,953; tractor/Bush Hog (3), $165,000; overhead loader, $325,000; Whirlwind sweeper, $190,000; mini excavator, $52,376.16; trailer, $12,350.21; push cable video system, $6,875;

Sanitary sewer improvements: main trunk line behind old Wal-Mart, $103,960; Franklin Street (First Avenue to Philpot Avenue) and Philpot Avenue (Franklin Street to Green Street), Ward 5, $182,600; Jerome Street (First Avenue to Philpot Avenue behind CHAT Academy), Ward 7, $84,900; King Street (Dallas Avenue to Montgomery Avenue), Ward 3, $258,200; Parkman Avenue (King Street to Pettus Street), Ward 3, $92,200; Parkman Avenue (Young Street to Dallas Avenue), Ward 3, $124,750; 304 & 306 Second Avenue, $30,000;

Street reconstruction and resurfacing: Marie Foster (Jeff Davis Avenue to Highland Avenue), Ward 6, $125,210; Water Avenue (Franklin Street to City Limits), Ward 8, $361,885; Franklin Street (Water Avenue to Cloverdale Road) Wards 4,5,&8, $343,490; First Avenue (Marie Foster to Lapsley Street), Wards 6 & 7, $112,085; Lapsley Street (Dallas Avenue to First Avenue), Wards 3 & 7, $152,360; Sumerfield road (First Avenue to Woodrow Avenue), Ward 7, $164,880; Woodrow Avenue (Citizens Parkway to cul-de-sac), Ward 4, $189,210; Old Orrville Road (Crescent Hill Drive to Alabama Highway 219), Ward 1, $247,315; Martin Luther King Street (Jeff Davis Avenue to Water Avenue), $94,425;

Recreation Department: renovation of Memorial Stadium and Bloch Park, $628,912; Memorial Stadium lighting, $214,000; Memorial Stadium sound system, $40,000; resurface track, $100,000; Bloch Park lighting, $135,000; resurface tennis courts at Memorial Stadium and Selma High School, $48,000; power rake, $12,000; zero turn mower (2), $16,000; portable bleachers (10 sets), $13,000; side line benches for football field (8), $12,800; track equipment (discus cage), $1,800; protection tarps for track, $3,000; vacuum trash collection vehicle, $35,000; City Marina, $100,000;

Selma Public Library: exterior work, $87,409; interior work, $136,700; exterior structural work, $23,950; HVAC systems, $27,746;

General government: existing contracts to recoup from general funds: garbage carts, $163,400.28; garbage and trash trucks, $98,420.85; capital equipment purchase, $201,696.07.