City passes street paving project on Tuesday – The Atmore Advance



City passes street paving project on Tuesday

Posted at 4:48 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Atmore City Council today passed a resolution for a paving project that will improve portions of 19 different streets in the city.

The passage of resolution 2022-20 came after the city met Sept. 12 in a workshop to discuss the project. The estimated cost of the project is $2.6 million.

Street portions, as well as cost include McRae Street ($55,000), 14e Avenue ($25,000), South Carney Street ($170,000), South Trammell Street ($230,000), West Horner Street ($68,000), East Horner Street ($325,000), 6e Avenue ($16,000), Ridgeley Street ($270,000), Brown Street ($70,000), West Ashley Street ($25,000), East Ashley Street ($170,000), Harris Street ($160,000), Robinson Street ($16,000), Swift Mill Road ($220,000), Bream Street ($40,000), Perch Street ($40,000), South Pensacola Avenue ($285,000), West Oak Street ($42,000), West Louisville Avenue ($23,000), Peachtree Street ($70,000) and Carpet Drive ($78,000).

According to Atmore Advance records, during last month’s workshop, a question was asked about how the city will pay for the paving project.

Chris Walker, the city’s economic planner and grants writer, said there are several ways to pay for the project.

Walker said one way is to either take out a stand-alone loan for the amount of paving, or go through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and take out a community facility loan, which will shore up the street building loan for the amount or speak with someone regarding a bond issue to see if the interest rates would be lower than they could get through the USDA.

“I’m going to have to look at that from a debt servicing perspective to see what’s doable and what interest rates we have right now and what I can get in the open market,” Walker said. “Once you decide to go ahead, that’s when I can dive deep into it.”

Walker said the prices listed above do not include engineering fees and may be included in whatever USDA loan they are considering.
In other cases, the city:

  • announced that the city’s Halloween Trick-or-Treat hours are 5-8 p.m. on Monday, October 31. This is a separate event from the Atmore Chamber of Commerce’s Trick-or-Treat on the Street event held on Friday, October 28 from 4-6 p.m.; and,
  • approved a Fun Day Peace event this Saturday, October 15 at Houston Avery Park in memory of AJ Matthews.

Additionally, a Pink October Breast Cancer Awareness Month event will be held this Saturday, October 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 405 Brookwood, Atmore. Donations for the event can be dropped off at Atmore Community Hospital for Kim Himes. Dinners and various desserts will be on sale in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Dinners will be complimentary for personnel on duty with the Atmore Police Department, Atmore Fire Department and Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

The event will be sponsored by Tawanna Thomas and Shawn Lassiter.

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