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Paving projects to begin in Demopolis

The Demopolis City Council approved a bid that will allow for repaving projects across the city.

During a call-in meeting Thursday, the council approved a low bid submitted by S.T. Bunn Construction in Tuscaloosa. The bid was $1.3 million.

The council is considering this a first phase of repaving with other streets to be paved once the first wave is completed. The approved bid covers approximately 8 to 9 miles of city streets.

“The project is broken into two phases. The second phase will be later once we complete the first phase to make sure funding is in line with what we estimate,” said Demopolis Projects Manager Mike Baker.

The city is also applying for a grant through ADECA, which would allow for additional streets to be included for repaving.

“The approved first wave of the project should begin in September,” Baker said.

The streets to be repaved include a number from each of the city’s five districts. At least portions of the following streets are included in the first wave: Lock and Dam Road, Woodland Court, Cottonwood Circle, Palmetto Circle, Mauvilla Drive, Indian Hill Road, Miller Road, Herbert Street, Cardinal Avenue, intersection of Dow and Phillips, Dow Street, Glover Street, W. Pettus Street, W. Perry Street, Mason Ridge Drive, Southmont Drive, Windsor Street, S. Main Avenue, Rembert Street, S. Commissioners Street, E. Jackson Street, E. Capitol, N. Main Avenue, N. Commissioners Avenue, Gaines Street, Childers Street, paving at boat launch, Jefferson Road, Cedar Crest Drive, Morgan Street, Chestnut Street, Bailey Drive, Fourth Avenue, B Street, A Street, Lee Street, and Old Springhill Road. Some of these streets will have more than one area repaved.

Other items discussed during the meeting included:

• approving two city councilman for re-election who are unopposed for the upcoming election. Charles Jones Jr. will serve another term representing District 1 while Nathan Hardy will continue to serve District 2. The city election will be held Tuesday, August 25.

• appointing election officials. City Clerk and Elections Manager Sam Gross said she still needs workers for District 5, but added that the state is allowing for workers from outside the city, but inside the county, to work municipal elections due to the pandemic. “We are having trouble finding people because of (COVID-19),” Gross said.

Some items were struck from the meeting agenda to accommodate the state’s requirements for call-in meetings. Call-in meetings can only include essential business. The meeting was changed to a call-in due to COVID-19 concerns.

The next city council meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 20, 5:15 p.m., at Rooster Hall.