By Ricki Garrett, PhD, Alderwoman-at-Large
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Aldermen was cancelled due to the weather. However, the Board met on the following evening, January 17. Because of the change in date, I was not able to attend. Other members were in attendance or participating by conference call and took action on a number of issues.
The Department Head report was presented by Phillip Lilly, director of public works. Director Lilly gave an update on the recent freezing weather and the resulting consequences. He also gave a preview of the spring cleanup that will take place April 13-20. Director Lilly also shared information on recent sewer leak repairs and, as usual, shared progress on response time for work orders.
The Board of Aldermen unanimously approved a quote in the amount of $26,110 from Renewable Wood Solutions to serve as the sole source for wood disposal at the Clinton Rubbish Site. The Board also approved the award to Hemphill Construction company, in the amount of $71,285, for the College Street Sewer Improvements.
In other action, the Board of Aldermen unanimously approved the bid from Hope Enterprises, LLC in the amount of $285,694 for the 2023 drainage channel slope stabilization improvements project. The Board also approved the closure and vacating of a portion of a right of way in the city.
On recommendation from Parks and Recreation Director Courtney Nunn, the Board approved the installation of a surveillance camera at Traceway Park by ARS Technical Services in the amount of $18,500. The Board also approved the purchase of three trucks in the amount of $126,418 and a E32 R-series Bobcat compact excavator from Bobcat in the amount of $51,511.19 for the Parks and Recreation Department. In other action benefiting the Parks and Recreation Department, the Board approved a system upgrade for the Traceway Thor Guard lighting detection system in the amount of $26,498.50.
The fireworks show for the Fourth of July celebration in Clinton was assured with a vote to approve a contract for Pyro Shows.
Finally, the Board approved a number of hirings for the Clinton Police Department, including an uncertified dispatcher, two uncertified police recruits, a certified police officer and a part-time crossing guard.
Because of the Martin Luther King Holiday on Monday, January 15, the Board of Aldermen did not hold a work session. However, a number of important issues will be coming before the Board in the coming months.
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