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City to enter agreement with Sain Associates for engineering work

By Ron Harris
Daily Mountain Eagle
August 19, 2021

Jasper City Council members voted Tuesday morning to allow Mayor David O’Mary to enter into an agreement with Birmingham-based Sain Associates, Inc., for on-call engineering work in the city. The agreement with Sain comes after the retirement of longtime city engineer Joe Matthews. O’Mary said the city has budgeted $45,000 a year for the two-year agreement.

Engineering intern Emilie Elkins will handle most of the work for the city, and local engineering firms will still be used in some instances, O’Mary said. “We’ve been looking to see what is the best fit for the city and how can we ensure quality work, and how we can always bring efficiency to what we are doing,” O’Mary said, “and after a considerable amount of research and discussion, I recommend we enter into an agreement with Sain.

”What the agreement means, O’Mary said, is “if we have a need, we go to Sain and we pay them only for what they do.”The agreement with Sain should lead to significant financial savings to the city, he added.

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In other business, council members:

•adopted a resolution to request ALDOT approval for a sidewalk to be built along Alabama Highway 269 from MLK Drive to 20th Street

•introduced an amendment to the city’s budget for several upcoming projects, including repairs needed at Swann Gym and renovations at the command center and training room at the Jasper Police Department. The amendment will be voted on at the council’s next meeting on Sept. 7.

•adopted a resolution to award a bid for a side-walk project along Gamble Avenue to Ballard Builders in Winfield.

•adopted a resolution to place several properties under the city’s nuisance abatement ordinance for having overgrown grass and weeds.

•held a public hearing and adopted an ordinance to rezone a .26-acre of property at 1814 Kilgore Street from R-2 (single family residential) to R-3 (affordable housing) in order to place a manufactured home on the property.

•adopted an ordinance to rezone property at the end of Shepherds Loop and near 25379 Highway 69 North from MR (municipal reserve) to R-4 (urban dwelling) for the purpose of future residential development. The property was recently annexed into the city limits.

•heard O’Mary expressed his concern for recent events in Afghanistan, and ask residents to remember not only the people of Afghanistan but also U.S. military personnel who served there over the past two decades. “It’s been heavy on my mind, especially seeing people trying to get away from the hostile regime there,” he said. O’Mary specifically mentioned Winfield’s Johnny Michael Spann, who was the first American killed in combat during the United States intervention in 2001.O’Mary and Spann were friends when they were growing up.“I think we should all find some time to pause and remember the folks who gave their lives over the past 20 years in Afghanistan, as well as their families,” he added.

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Located in northwest Alabama on Interstate Highway 22, Jasper is a thriving retail hub, center of growing industrial development and home to approximately 14,000 residents. Enjoying one of the top ranked education systems in the State of Alabama, ongoing renovated Park & Recreation programs and its close proximity to the outstanding recreation areas such as Smith Lake, Bankhead National Forest and the Warrior River makes it an attractive area for relocation. Mayor David O'Mary would like to welcome you to our city and web site.

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