Council approves ditch, A/C

News Staff Writer

Atmore City Council members accepted during their Monday, July 13, meeting the low bid for a ditch work project and approved the emergency purchase of an air conditioning unit for the conference room at city hall.
In a 10-minute session conducted by teleconference, the council also formally named City Clerk Becca Smith as Elections Manager and re-appointed Judd Coley and Robert White to the city’s Zoning Board of Adjustment.
City officials received two bids for the ditch-cleaning project, which Mayor Jim Staff said is designed to improve drainage from a point “behind Snappy Laundry, down to the creek, to Montgomery Avenue, then to Brushy Creek.”
Evergreen-based Grady Rawls & Son, which submitted a $24,500 bid, will perform the work on the municipal upgrade. Atmore’s TripTek Construction was the only other bidder.
The mayor also told council members that Escambia County would begin cutting the grass at Brushy Creek, “when they get their machine fixed with the arm on it, are going to mow Brushy Creek for us.” That would eliminate the need to get the Army Corps of Engineers involved, he said.
Prior to adjournment, Staff announced that the air conditioning unit in the meeting room on city hall’s eastern side had quit working, and that Coley Air Conditioning of Atmore had offered to install a replacement unit for $12,050.
Council members voted unanimously to add the item to the agenda, then voted unanimously to approve the non-budgeted purchase.
There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned.