City Council hears project updates at monthly meeting

Posted October 9, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Albany City Council held its regular meeting last Tuesday evening at city hall with five of six members present.

During the monthly progress report by Monarch Engineer David Bowles, it was learned the city is awaiting work on possible funding for some proposed sewer line extensions to two areas.

The progress report submitted by engineers is as follows:

* Highway 127/Highway 1590 interchange: On the southeast corner of the interchange the State constructed a drainage pond which has a six-inch water line and four-inch force main that runs through the middle of the pond. A request was made by the city to the Department of Transportation to relocate these two utility lines and the State has agreed to do so. The cost is approximately $125,000 to be paid by the state. Work will begin once the state notifies the city that it can proceed.

* Albany Bypass/Wolf River Dock Road sewer extension: A preliminary investigation has been completed that evaluates the extension of the city’s sewer system to serve the new interchange where Wolf River Dock Road intersects the new bypass. The preliminary cost estimate is in the range of $400,000 and applications for financing have been submitted to the State of Kentucky for consideration.

* Highway 1590 sewer line extension: A preliminary cost estimate has been determined to extend the city’s sewer system to serve a new feed mill facility located on Highway 1590 across from the rock quarry. The total cost is estimated at $150,000 and applications for financing have been submitted to the State of Kentucky for consideration.

The new Cobb-Ventress feed mill business is located across from Gaddie-Shamrock and near WANY radio station and is expected to take around 14 months to construct.

The council also opened sealed bids on some surplus equipment, including lawn mowers and two vehicles.

The high bid on a GMC pickup and Ford Ranger were each submitted by Bobby Jones at $685 and $690, respectively. The high bid on three mowers (combined) was submitted by Burl Bell at $106 and the only bid on push mower that doesn’t run was $5 from Paul Gilbert, for a total of $1,486.00.

Councilman James “Smitty” Smith made a motion to accept the high bid on the vehicles and equipment, which passed by unanimous vote.

In other business, the council:

* Discussed a run-off problem on a property in north Albany causing mud to run onto the road in the area of Virginia Avenue and the old U.S. 127.

* Discussed moving the recycling bin from its current location at the city maintenance building. Councilman Tony Delk said some families had complained about late night “inappropriate behavior” taking place around the bin and suggested the recycling bin be moved to behind the building or another location entirely.

* Councilman Leland Hicks then requested Mayor Nicky Smith ask city police to do some extra patrolling around Mountain View Park due to vandalism occurring at the site.

The next regular meeting of Albany City Council is scheduled for November 5 at 5 p.m. at city hall and is open to the general public.