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Valley looks to improve industrial park

 

VALLEY — The Valley City Council on Monday entered into a contract with Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood for professional services needed for some needed improvements for the Valley Industrial Park.

The $5.2 million contract covers the construction of a 750,000-gallon water tank, water improvements, a new pumping station and a force main. The contract amount could rise to the $5.6 million range should some contingencies be included.

“This will get the water pressure, and the water volume up in our industrial park,” Mayor Leonard Riley said.

The city will be accepting bids on the new water tank this June. The tank will be located on a high point of land off Huguley Road, near the location where some Chattahoochee Fuller Center Project homes have been built.

In other action, the council approved a nine-item consent agenda. This included replacing the roof at Valley Police Department, accepting a corrective deed with the Henry Hudson Company, awarding grass cutting bids, declaring a public nuisance and authorizing abatements on two properties in the city, permitting the public consumption of alcoholic beverages at two upcoming events at Valley Community Center, declared a floor machine that’s been used at the Community Center surplus and authorized a sales tax holiday in July.

The police department roof will be replaced in two phases. A flat roof will be replaced for $14,000 by Roof Services Company in Lanett. AJ’s Roofing & Gutters will replace the shingled roof in Opelika for $24,000.

The deed issue with the Henry Hudson Company clears up an error in a previous action. A portion of property acquired by the city in a land swap with the Georgia Power Company was unintentionally omitted. A corrective deed takes care of this.

The grass-cutting bids have been awarded to Gerry Smith Lawn Service, Inc. and Riverside Lawn Care. Gerry Smith offered the lowest proposals for the Shawmut, Fairfax, Fairview, Bethlehem and River View cemeteries. Riverside had the low bids for the Langdale Cemetery, city hall complex, the Horace King Memorial Bridge, Langdale Fountain Park and Veterans’ Memorial Park.

Six companies offered bids to do the grass cutting for the city.

The properties to be abated are located at 203 Stanfield Road and on Carter Lane.

One of the events approved for the consumption of alcohol will be taking place at Lakeview Cabin on April 27 and the other in the Community Center’s Bobby Crowder Room on June 29.

The back-to-school sales tax holiday will be taking place from midnight on Friday, July 19 until midnight on Sunday, July 21.

Riley thanked Public Works Director Patrick Bolt on having taken two work crews to help with the storm clean up in Lee County.

“They were in the Smiths Station area on the Wednesday and Thursday after the tornado,” Riley said. “I appreciate him doing that.”

Valley Parks and Recreation Director Laurie Blount announced that the Community Center pool would be closed at noon on Friday and that some repair work would start the next week. The pool will be closed for several weeks while a new PoolPak is installed and some other needs are met.

Blount said that the city’s annual Clean Up Day would be taking place on Saturday, April 6.

“We welcome any volunteer help we can receive,” she said. “It’s ideal for church groups and civic clubs. We will assign streets for cleanups, and you can clean up around your church if you’d like. We will have some free biscuits that morning from McDonald’s.”

Blount said that the recent two-day NIT baseball tournament had been a big success at the Sportsplex.

“We got all the games in,” she said. “We played more games than the organizers thought we would.”

Council Member Jimmy Gilson said that some city residents asked him if lights could be put up on a portion of the CV Trail in Valley.

“We will take a look at doing that,” Riley said.

Riley announced that auditors would be at a work session on April 25 to discuss a recently completed audit.

“It was a good one,” he said. “It was the third or fourth one in a row when we did not have any findings.”