Additional funding for gully repair approved

BY Jan Murray

Additional funding for gully repair approved
The Daleville City Council approved $31,000 additional monies for repair of an active gully from uncontrolled storm run-off near the city bun barn during the July 5 regularly scheduled council meeting. The majority of the costs associated with the repair will come from a special grant.Discovered by accident more than two years ago, the expansive gully near the rear of Culpepper Park and the bus barn, off Old Alabama Hwy. 134, continues to deteriorate and recent heavy rains made it possible for the city to apply for a special grant to repair the area.Costs associated with repair of the gully—which is several feet wide and yards deep and ever changing—were estimated at $70,000. Monies were sought through the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service Emergency Watershed Protection Program. The grant was recently awarded and the city’s part was expected to be around $18,000, either in the form of cash or in-kind services, such as labor or equipment. However, the council was informed at the council meeting that the additional funding was needed.The measure was unanimously approved.Jeremy McMath, an engineer with Civil Southeast, LLC presented an update on expansion plans for Culpepper Park. An increase in cost for the previously approved Phase One portion of the plans as well as the possible combining of phases led the council to table any further action until 2016-2017 budget meetings are held.Council members also approved a resolution appointing City Clerk Angelia Filmore to perform election duties rather than Mayor Claudia Wigglesworth since she is planning to seek re-election in this summer’s municipal election.The next regularly scheduled council meeting is set for Aug. 2 in the council chambers at 5:30 p.m.
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