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Ava City Council Move Forward on Street Department Building, Square Updates, School Sidewalk

By Doug Berger

City Finances

City treasurer Peggy Porter said the city does have over $3 million in cash, but along with covering regular operating costs the city is attempting to grow reserve funds to prepare for emergencies or unanticipated costs.

Metal Building

During its regular meeting Tuesday evening, the Ava Board of Aldermen approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to sign and the city clerk to attest the contract labor agreement for the construction of a 100 foot by 50 foot red iron metal building with 16 foot sidewalls for the street department. 

The aldermen approved a bid of $22,000 for the labor to put up the building from JB Construction, Ava.

Building Doors

The Board of Aldermen also approved a bid of $7,375 from Felker Overhead Doors, Norwood, for doors for a metal building for the street and sanitation department. The bid would include three doors, 12 foot wide and 14 foot high and one door 22 foot wide and 14 foot high. The bid was reported to be an installed price.

Square Project

Mayor Burrely Loftin also updated the council on work on the city square. New park benches for the square have been ordered and a flag pole for the square has arrived. 

Eight new eight inch diameter, 30 foot tall light poles to replace those on the square have been ordered and were scheduled to arrive by the middle of November.

Wastewater Plant

Loftin indicated a sand filter at the waste water treatment plant is scheduled to be replaced between the first and middle of December. He indicated the city has set aside $125,000 for the work.

Sidewalk

The city and Ava school district are considering working together for sidewalk work on the west side of Mansfield St., east of the elementary school. 

Loftin explained that the street is now higher than the sidewalk and water is coming off of Mansfield St. and washing material on to school property. 

The mayor stated that preliminary figures indicate the sidewalk would be four foot wide and 305 foot long. 

The aldermen approved a motion to proceed with the sidewalk project contingent on the school board approving the cooperative agreement.

Attendance

Councilmen present were Billy Stewart, Noel Dye, Keith Jones, and Stan Lovan.

Next Meeting

City officials and aldermen will reconvene on November 10th at 5:00 p.m. at City Hall.