Paving to begin on West Medical Center Drive

Published 9:32 pm Monday, April 2, 2012

Asphalt could be put down as early as Tuesday on West Medical Center Drive in Thorsby, which was closed in December to replace a bridge.

Once the bridge and approaches are paved, the state will come back in and add guardrails in a week or so, said Mayor Dearl Hilyer. A state grant paid for the project.

In other business, the council took the following actions:

•Hired Marc McMinn to work part-time with the police department. Chief Rodney Barnett said McMinn would work mostly drug cases.

•Approved a resolution with Ulch Companies, Inc. to collect taxes owed from 2005 through part of 2010. Under the resolution, the company, which was doing business as Main Street Market, will pay $42,380.18. The amount includes all taxes owed and interest, but no penalties that have been accruing, Hilyer said.

•Hilyer announced new playground equipment has been installed in Sam Bentley Park and more work is to be done there as well as Richard Wood Park. The equipment was purchased through an $8,000 grant from the Alabama Department of Public Health.

•Hilyer announced Central Alabama Electric Cooperation made a $100 donation to Richard Wood Park’s playground.

•Approved seeking bids for a new town trunk for possible purchase later this year.

•Public Works Director Terry Jackson announced a blood drive will take place outside Thorsby Town Hall on Tuesday, April 3, starting at 10 a.m.