Albany City Council’s regular monthly meeting last Tuesday, July 2 was brief, despite a short closed session prior to adjournment. Four of six members were on hand for the approximate 15-minute session.
David Bowles of Monarch Engineers then gave the council a brief update on projects, informing the council that the bypass utility relocation in all phases is complete. However, he said the state Transportation Cabinet had missed a couple of utilities at the drainage pond at the Hwy. 1590 intersection and had agreed to pay for that relocation at around $125,000.
Bowles also said he was working with the Transportation Cabinet, Mayor Smith and others at looking at areas to extend sewer lines along portions of the new 127 Bypass to serve restaurants and other businesses that may locate along the route.
The board then appointed three members to the Rec/Park Board, as recommended by the mayor. Two current members, Wayne Glover and Matt Smith, were reappointed, along with a new member, Lora Brewington.
The council once again entered into a less than 10-minute executive session to discuss possible property acquisition but took no action upon returning to open session.
Following the closed session, Mayor Smith told the council that sidewalk repairs were currently underway in the city limits and Councilman Leland Hicks informed the council of the park board’s drive to raise funds for new playground equipment at Mountain View Park and noted that anyone wanting to make a monetary donation toward the effort could contact himself or any park board member.
The next regular meeting of Albany City Council is scheduled for Tuesday, August 6 at 5 p.m. at city hall and is open to the public.