Council discusses street repair

Huntsville City Council took no action on Tuesday in response to a request for nearly $1.5 million of local funding for rebuilding and resurfacing several city streets. 

The projects proposed this year include rebuilding two stretches of Veterans Memorial Parkway, as well as resurfacing projects on parts of 22nd Street, Avenue Q, Eastham Street, Wimbledon Drive and many small stretches on over 30 streets across the city.

All of the work is expected to be completed by the conclusion of 2019

“Every year we budget for street repairs and try to fix the roads that are in the most needed repair,” Public Works Director Brent Sherrod said. “We aren’t in a real hurry to get this approved … I like to finish up some other products before we get started on these.”

Councilmembers agreed to delay a vote on the contract for a second reading to allow for further discussion about the projects, which held a low-bid of $1,451,378.95 from Smith & Company Inc.

Other action taken by council included:

• Unanimous approval to appoint Brenda Poe as they new city secretary.

• Unanimous approval of an amendment to the contract with Architects Design Group for an additional $455,000 for the design of the new police and fire station.

• Giving authority for the city manager to apply for over $215,000 in grant money.

The next scheduled meeting of the Huntsville City Council is set for Feb. 19 at city hall.