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Published January 14, 2015

Adel plans road extension, paving for Walmart project

Courtesy The Adel News Tribune
The Adel City Council voted unanimously last week to adopt a resolution for the Alabama Road extension that would accommodate a new Walmart Supercenter near I-75 Exit 39.

Resolution #15-01 acknowledged the need for relocating and paving an extension of Alabama Road and acknowledged the need for construction of drainage channel improvements. The resolution also authorized City Manager John Flythe to proceed with advertising and acceptance of such bids, and entering into a contract upon Walmart’s closing on the purchase of property for the new store location.

Councilman Butch Fausett made a motion to adopt the resolution. Councilman Jody Greene seconded. The decision in favor was unanimous.

Walmart had extended their option to purchase Adel property until Jan. 9. That decision has now been reportedly postponed for two more weeks. A new Walmart Supercenter here would employ up to 200 people.

Also during the Monday, Jan. 5, meeting of Adel Mayor/Council:

Councilman Fausett gave an invocation at the start of the meeting.

Approval of minutes
Councilman Fausett made a motion to approve the minutes of Dec. 15, 2014, as presented. Councilman Chandler Hill seconded. All were in favor.

Appointment of Mayor Pro-Tem
Following with the rotation by chair, Councilman Greg Paige made a motion to appoint Councilman Buddy Duke as Mayor Pro-Tem for 2015. Councilman Fausett seconded. The decision in favor was unanimous.

Both Mayor Richard C. Barr and Councilman Duke expressed their appreciation to Councilman Paige for his service as Mayor Pro-Tem during 2014.

Alcohol license renewals
Councilman Duke made a motion to find four applications qualified for renewal based upon the information submitted. Councilman Fausett seconded. There was no opposition.

Mediacom rate increase
The Council was advised of the receipt of information from Mediacom concerning rate adjustments being implemented on Jan. 15.

Meeting date change
Due to the next regular meeting date occurring on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Councilman Fausett made a motion to reschedule the meeting for Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Councilman Hill seconded. All were in favor.

Other Comments
City Manager Flythe recognized Larry White who was in the audience and is filling in for Public Works Superintendent Wayne Giddens during his absence due to illness.

Mayor Barr expressed his appreciation for everyone’s concern and help during his recent recuperation period from sickness.