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Hurdles cleared for truck, bridge

Hurdles cleared for truck, bridge

Posted: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 10:25 pm

By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
Members of the Obion City Council finally were able to clear all the legal requirements necessary for the purchase of a used tanker truck for the Obion Volunteer Fire Department and approved a $13,750 bid to repair the Broadway Street bridge.
Both items have taken longer than expected to take care of due to state requirements dealing with the bidding process.
In the end, though, the bridge repair work and the used tanker purchase went the way the council originally intended.
The council met Monday night for about 40 minutes and approved both items.
The Broadway Street bridge will be repaired by Robert Albright with A&A Backhoe in Obion. He will clear away the old bridge, lower the water line under the bridge, install new I-beams and two new culverts and will get the bridge ready for vehicle traffic.
The deteriorating condition of the bridge prompted the city several weeks ago to close off the section of Broadway Street just east of the city ballpark. Albright is expected to proceed with repairing the dilapidated bridge and getting it structurally sound.
The $11,000 tanker purchase will place the city in compliance with its rural fire protection program. The purchase was recommended several weeks ago by Obion Fire Chief Jamie Evans, who said the truck is worth considerably more than the $11,000 the city paid Midtown Motors.
Like the bridge repair project, the council had to proceed through a formal bid process as required by the state since each of the two items cost more than $10,000.
Meanwhile, the section of Broadway Street east of the city ballpark has been closed to vehicle traffic.
Also during Monday night’s meeting, the council discussed the possibility of a spec building project.
Discussion of a possible spec building was brought up by Mayor Glen Parnell, who said funding assistance may be available for the project through the Tennessee Valley Authority.
The city recently purchased the vacant lot behind the Obion Post Office, and that site was brought up as a possible location for a spec building.
There is interest in a spec building to help lure a new retail business downtown, possibly a dollar store to replace the former dollar store that was located downtown.
No action was taken on the matter, but Parnell will meet with the town’s industrial board to discuss a spec building.
He is expected to report to the council at a later meeting.
Approval was granted Monday night for a $2,900 bid from Chip Cutler to mow Obion Indian Park, Huey Park and inside the town’s ballpark. He will mow the three areas on a regular basis through the summer months. His bid was the lowest of three bids received by the city for the mowing work.
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by e-mail at kmbowden@ucmessenger.com.

Published in The Messenger 4.6.11

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