Runway project a go for aldermen

By Daniel Brunty

The Winston County Journal


The City of Louisville Board of Alderman and the Louisville/Winston County Airport Board received great news concerning grants and bids for runway repair during the regular meeting on June 4.

Members of the Board agreed to authorize Mayor Will Hill to sign the acceptance form of the MDOT Multi-Modal grant for the airport of $289,170.00. The grant was applied for after a heavy rainfall caused a landslide in the fore slope of the runway of the airport, leaving the runway unusable.

Included with the grant, the Airport Board also asked the aldermen to accept bids for the Remedial Runway Slope Stabilization Project, which will repair the runway. The alderman approved the bid of H.E. Mosley Construction Inc. of Meridian at $170,127.90.

The estimated project cost is roughly $300,000, which includes engineering, testing, and

construction management. This would include the bid from H.E. Mosley Construction.

Airport Board President Mike Forster explained that at this time, the grant money would be able to cover all the expenses needed for the runway repair. He also expressed to the board his approval of receiving the grant and accepting the bid, and said with this development they would be looking forward to begin actual work on the project within the next two weeks.

The work for the project was originally scheduled to begin by July 15, 2013, with a completion time of fall of 2013. With this head start, the completion date may be sooner. Forster also gave the aldermen an update on the upcoming terminal project as well.

In other news, the Board:

Accepted recommendation of the Zoning Board on the Rezoning Application to rezone certain property owned by the city on Railroad Avenue.

Approved payments for street repair to be paid from GO Construction Fund to Baker’s Ready Mix and Construction for $2,112.82.

Per Woody Sample for the Louisville Transload Fund: Authorized the Mayor to sign the request for CDBG funds for $151, 849.87. Authorized the Mayor to sign the request for TVA funds to reimburse the city for $48,085.80. Authorized payment to Calvert Spradling Engineers Inc. for $9,765.00. Authorized payment to Continental Rails for $187,201.50. Authorized payment to Sample, Hicks, & Associates for $5,500.00.

Authorized payment of the Docket of Claims for May invoices, $117,961.24.

Approved request for Scott Smith and Toby Lee to attend RCTA Mexican Cartel & Violence, June 26-27. Free training.

Approved request for Greg Clark to attend RCTA ProActive Criminal Patrol, June 17-20. Free training.

Approved request for Charlie Black and Patrick Estes to attend RCTA Drug Identification June 10-14. Free training.

Set hearings for unclean properties for Tuesday, July 2 at 5:30 p.m. Tabled motion for 413 Jefferson Street.

Notice of Board appointment to the Louisville Utility Board. Jerry Donald’s five-year term expires 6/30/13.

Notice of Board appointment to the Tourism Board. Gerald Mill’s three-year term expires 7/1/13.

Notice of Board appointment to the Zoning Board. Sandra Cole’s unexpired term ends 7/1/13.

Notice of Board appointment of three Election Commissioners to a four-year term. Claire Crowell, Charles Holmes, and Steve Quinn’s term ends 7/1/13.

Discussed and approved the hiring of Ron Sommers as a part-time employee for the Louisville Fire Department.

Rehired Willie Thames as a temporary full-time employee in the Landfill Department at $10.30 per hour effective immediately.

Adopted a resolution per Woody Sample that the city will meet the National Policy Objective of at least 51 percent of the proposed 200 new jobs to be created by Dunollie Resources LLC will be filled or made available to low or moderate income families.

Acknowledged receipt of $22,093.10 from Natron Wood Products LLC for insurance and security as billed.

Acknowledged FAR Part 26 DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) Plan.

Acknowledged Watkins, Ward, and Stafford engagement letter.

Discussed Housing Authority.

Discussed Beale Street and authorized to adopt a resolution to close the street.

Authorized the Mayor to enter into an agreement for county to reimburse the city actual costs of paving Hillcrest Circle outside the city limits.

The City of Louisville Board of Aldermen will have their next regular meeting on June 18, 2013.