Council OKs land purchase

Published 11:42am Sunday, August 11, 2013

The City of Wetumpka is on its way to ownership of two additional properties. During Wednesday’s council meeting, unanimous approval was given for the purchase of 23 acres on Coosa River Parkway and 4 acres on South Main Street.
The 23-acre parcel, currently owned by William Forshey, adjoins both the city’s sports complex and the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center property. Authorization was given for Mayor Jerry Willis to negotiate a contract of up to $587,000 for the land, earmarked for future expansion of the city’s recreation facilities.
The lot on South Main Street is located between Alabama Power Company’s office and Dairy Queen and belongs to the Strickland family. Willis was authorized to negotiate up to $350,000 for the purchase. The site is to be used for future economic development and further riverfront development.
City Clerk Janice Whorton said money for both properties will come from general fund surplus.
“The city will make a down payment to Mr. Forshey and he will finance the remainder of the purchase price,” she said. “The lot on South Main Street will be paid for from general fund surplus dollars.”
In other council business:
•A resolution was approved to allow the city to apply for a $480,000 Community Development Block Grant that if received will be used for water, drainage and sanitary sewer improvements in the downtown area. If awarded, the city would provide $200,000 in matching funds and the Wetumpka Waterworks would be responsible for a matching $200,000 pledge.
•Darrell Spraggins of the Wetumpka Police Department was recognized for his promotion to sergeant.
•Approval was given for an additional $8,600 in work related to re-roofing a portion of the Wetumpka Police Department headquarters building.
•A pawn shop business license was approved for Harrison’s Jewelry and Pawn LLC, 5695. U.S. Highway 231.
•A request was approved for a retail liquor license for River Ridge Steak House (formerly Ox Yoke Steak House and Grill), 915 U.S. Highway 231.
•Bids were opened for a project to add a new cell to the city landfill. The council approved acceptance of the low bid of $36,057.60 from A&C Construction, providing it meets specifications.

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