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Published June 3, 2015
 

City prepares for Walmart

 
Courtesy The Adel News-Tribune
By Charles Shiver

There hasn’t been much reported publicly in recent weeks about the Walmart Supercenter planned at I-75 Exit 39. But the City of Adel is continuing to prepare services needed for the huge retailer expected to employ more than 200 people.

Work is expected to begin soon on paving and drainage improvements for Alabama Street that will benefit traffic flow in the area of Adel’s Walmart.

City Manager John Flythe told the City Council Monday night that the City will be taking bids on the road and drainage improvements for Alabama on June 3, 2015. The award will be subject to the actual purchase of land by Walmart from Williams Investment Co., which should be on or around June 15, 2015, Flythe said.

On Monday, the Adel City Council acted on part of the utilities relocation and enhancements needed in support of the project. The Council voted unanimously to accept the Irby Company’s low bid for a 1500KVA transformer, $15,715, which will be placed in that area. (The other bids were Tri-State, $18,865, and Wesco, $20,265.)

Also during the Monday, June 1, meeting of Adel Council:

Game room ordinance

The Council held the first reading of Ordinance 15-02, which would extend the closing time for game rooms and poolrooms from midnight to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, as well as impose progressive penalties for not following the rules.

The Council is scheduled to hold a called meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 8, when the second reading and possible adoption of the ordinance is scheduled.

Appointment of Library Board members

The Council voted unanimously to appoint Jeff Taylor as the City’s representative on the Library Board. (He will replace Jesse Henderson, who will become a County representative on the Library Board.) All also voted in favor of appointing Judy Stracke to the Library Board.

Sidewalk project

The Council voted unanimously in favor of Resolution 15-09, Transportation Enhancement Act (TEA) Grant Project. The authorization resolution allows execution of a contract for the project.

The project in planning stages for about three-and-a-half years will be for construction of a sidewalk on Highway 41 South. The sidewalk will improve access for pedestrians to the area of the Adel Post Office and DFCS offices. The entire project will be about $400,000, with the City’s cost on the budgeted item at about $60,000.

MEAG voting delegate

All voted in favor of appointing City Electric Superintendent, Rene Cowart, to the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia board. John Flythe will be alternate delegate.

Annexation and zoning of county property

The Council held the first reading of Ordinance 15-03. This ordinance concerns the annexation of County property located at Gordon Avenue and 16th Street, and rezoning of the 5 acres from Agricultural (A-U) to R-8 Residential. The property is the proposed affordable residential housing development site for Hutchinson Crossing, LP.

The annexation will allow city utilities to be available for the new housing, according to city officials. Landbridge Acquisitions, LLC, will be seeking federal housing tax credits through the Georgia Department of Community Affairs for the development.

Due to a looming deadline to apply for the tax credits (June 11), the Council plans to hold the second reading and adoption of the ordinance at the called meeting next Monday, June 8.

Swearing-in ceremonies for new mayor, council member John Flythe asked the Council when swearing-in ceremonies should be held for the persons elected mayor and at-large council member on Tuesday, June 16 (if done so without a runoff). The Council members agreed that the new officials should be sworn in the next day at 9 a.m.