• 73°

IDA hires engineer for sewer designs for Exits 212 and 200

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Managing Editor

The Industrial Development Authority board approved hiring Sain Engineering to engineer self-contained sewer systems for portions of property near Interstate Exits 212 and 200.

Sain was recommended by the IDA executive committee after members ranked each of the proposals received using the U.S. Economic Development Administration standards.

IDA Executive Director Whitney Barlow said the companies were required to explain “letter of interest, knowledge of the EDA grant program, similar projects in the region, proposed personnel” and more information about experience in connection to environmental concerns.

The system at Exit 212 would be for the future Alabama Farm Center and the proposed nearby commercial/ retail district.

The memorandum of understanding for the Alabama Farm Center, which is a non-binding document, lists water as being provided by Chilton County.

The Exit 200 sewer system would be for potential development in that area. The IDA has applied for a grant that would fund this sewer system, if it was approved.

Since the systems would be self-contained, it would eliminate the need to tie in to an existing sewer system.

A contract with Sain Engineering will come to the IDA for approval at a future meeting.

Construction of the systems will be bid out after it is engineered.

In the proposal, the IDA asked for a system with a large capacity, up to 1 million gallons.

Board chair Monica Cooper said this was to ensure that the board would receive quality proposals. However, a specific number of how many gallons the systems would need to hold would be determined during the engineering process.

Also during the meeting, the IDA approved applying for $5 million in tax liability credits through the Growing Alabama program for the Alabama Farm Center.

Barlow said the program was “extremely competitive.”

Board member Liz Huntley left the meeting before this vote because of a conflict of interest. Huntley serves on the Growing Alabama Commission that awards the credits. However, she said she will not be a part of discussion or a vote on whether this project receives the credit.