Hoover Council awards $364,000 to build sidewalk in Russet Woods

Hoover City Council agreed to pay approximately $364,000 tonight to build a sidewalk in the community of Russet Woods.

The new sidewalk will be on Russet Woods Drive between South Shades Crest Road and Guyton Road, stretching about half a mile, City Engineer Chris Reeves said. Construction is expected to begin in late July and should be completed within 90 days, Reeves said.

The job was awarded to Southeastern Sealcoating, which was the lowest of three bidders for the contract. The final price is well below the $500,000 construction budget, Reeves said.

The municipal authorities were pleasantly surprised by the result. Reeves said Southeastern Sealcoating must really want the job. Other bids for the job were $444,188 from Gillespie Construction and $447,900 from Walden General Contractors.

The total price will be above the construction contract amount of $363,978 after design costs are added, but should still be well under the $600,000 budget for the entire project, Reeves said.

In other matters on Tuesday evening, counsel:

  • Accepted $150,000 from Jefferson County, of which $100,000 will go towards renovating a community park in Russet Woods and $50,000 will go towards eight new outdoor pickleball courts at the Hoover Metropolitan Complex.
  • Declared the former Sears 3240 Galleria Circle property at the Riverchase Galleria a public nuisance due to tall grass and/or weeds on the property.
  • Set a public hearing for July 18 to determine whether to allow event facility Park Crest off Little Valley Road to expand to adjacent property at 2970 Lorna Road and convert a 19,900-foot building squares to use as an additional event facility. Read more about this request here.
  • Set a public hearing for July 18 to consider whether to rezone 8 acres in the International Park Office Park for residential use to allow up to seven attached townhouses and one single-family detached house on the property. Read more about this request here.
  • Recognized city administrator Allan Rice, chief financial officer Tina Bolt and chief operating officer Jehad Al-Dakka for completing five courses at Auburn University related to professional local government management.
  • Heard a report from Bolt that the city’s tax revenue from sales and use was up $3.8 million over last year through the end of April
  • Hearing a renewed complaint from Pine Rock Lane resident Matt Daniels about garbage trucks picking up trash from nearby businesses before 7 a.m., Daniels encouraged the city to enforce its ordinance. Rice said police tried to enforce the ordinance but had difficulty getting the fines approved by city magistrates because of the wording of the city ordinance regarding distance from nearby homes. Rice said city staff are preparing proposed changes to the ordinance to address Daniels’ concerns.
  • Heard a compliment from Southview community resident Clint Bircheat about the town’s fireworks show at the Hoover Metropolitan Complex on July 1 and the efficient handling of the event and the resulting increase in traffic resulted.

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