At its regular meeting the City Council approved hiring CDG Engineers for consulting work on the city’s downtown road improvement project. The city plans to resurface Main Street, Astor Drive and Alexandria Road as well as add sidewalks on Main Street and fix drainage issues in the area.
CDG was selected from a list of approved engineers from the Alabama Department of Transportation. Councilman Jeff Clendenning said he has worked with the company before on other city projects and he recommended it to the Weaver council members based on that experience.
Weaver Mayor Wayne Willis said his goal is to have equipment ready to resurface Main Street by January.
“This isn’t going to be like Jacksonville Street,” said Willis, referring to the city’s main throughway, which has been in limbo for a complete resurfacing project for more than a decade.
Willis said the project will enhance the appearance of downtown where the Chief Ladiga Trail crosses Main Street. A new grocery store is expected to open up in the area before the end of the year as well.
The council on Tuesday also approved sponsoring a children’s school book program from The Ambassador Company, a Christian nonprofit based in North Carolina. The company will provide books for first- and fourth-grade students at Weaver Elementary to teach the children about right and wrong decisions. At Clendenning’s suggestion, the council approved the measure, which would pay the company almost $800 for a two-year contract, pending approval from the Alabama League of Municipalities.
During public comment, Weaver resident Greg Pierce suggested the council videotape future meetings to put on the city’s website and on YouTube. Clendenning said he didn’t have a problem with taping the meetings, but said the council didn’t have the equipment available to film them.
“If we’re going to do it, we have to do it right,” Clendenning said. “Especially if this is something the city is going to sponsor, otherwise we’ll look like a bunch of clowns.”
In other business, the council:
• Accepted a $500 donation from Calhoun Women Behind the Badge to buy playground equipment for the city park.
• Asked for feedback from the public regarding new city laws on door-to-door sales.
• Announced Weaver "clean up day" for July 20. The day will coincide with Weaver Alumni’s annual yard sale in the park.
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