City accepts bid on Wallace-Oneonta expansion


Oneonta City Council members accepted city manager/ economic developer Ed Lowe’s recommendation to award Adams Building, LLC, the contract for an extension to the current Wallace State-Oneonta facility on Ala 75. Adams’ $83,500 bid fell below the other two bidders, AAA Metal Building $89,600, and Jerry Tidwell Construction $99,195.14.

Lowe also successfully recommended the city name Goodwyn, Mills, and Cawood its professional services contractor for any potential grant awards at the airport for the year. Members voted to advertise a new position for an attendant to patrol the downtown area for trash and garbage.

Perhaps related to that, councilor Tonya Rogers asked the city to establish a park and ride area. She noted she has observed several vehicles parked near the city’s downtown gazebo for a day at a time. She asked of designating the park and ride at the city swimming pool site as a way to reduce some trash that litters the gazebo area.

Lowe advised the council that the city retained the parking area at the old Wrangler plant when it sold that building, and that he has directed some to park there. Councilors agreed to inform the public of that option and urge its use as a park and ride lot.

The council appointed Diane McCoy Lee to the city’s planning commission, hired Deric Rainey and Matthew David (Matt) Sims as part-time police officers, and heard from Matt Taylor of Carr, Riggs, and Ingram on the city’s 2018 audit. Taylor labeled the audit an “unmodified opinion,” which means a “clean” report for the city.

Taylor noted some changes related to the municipality’s pensions liability and tax abatements. Those changes reflect altered national and/or state requirements.

Councilors accepted a $1,200 bid from David Murphree for a surplus police vehicle. They also advised again of their upcoming work session with members from the city school board set for 5:30 p.m. on April 1.

All members (Rogers, Mayor Ross Norris, and councilors Hal Blackwood, Nathaniel Butler, Richard Phillips, and Danny Robinson) attended the March 12 meeting. The council holds its regular sessions the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 5:30 p.m. in city hall.