CITY COUNCIL ROUNDUP: $1.8 MILLION LAND PURCHASE, SINKHOLE SWALLOWS MORE MONEY
During Tuesday’s Tuscaloosa City Finance Committee meeting, city leaders discussed purchasing a portion of Patriot Parkway off Highway 69.
The land is privately owned and will cost Tuscaloosa $1.8 million, but the move allows for the construction of a proposed 42,000-square-foot Neighborhood Walmart.
In July 2016, the city annexed nearly 6 acres at the corner of Highway 69 South and Patriot Parkway.
The city will vote on the purchase next Tuesday.
Tuscaloosa officially accepted a $315,000 grant from the Southern Rail Commission.
The money is being spent on construction for the approved Amtrak station in Alberta.
The 25-foot sinkhole that opened at the Hilliard Fletcher Wastewater Treatment Plant is swallowing more of the city’s money.
The Public Projects Committee voted on spending more on sinkhole repairs, bringing the cost up to $1.6 million. The extra cost enables workers to dig below the utility lines inside the hole.
When the sinkhole opened up, workers found pipes they did not know were there. The sinkhole’s cost includes relocating those pipes.
The city said it expects the project to take as long as 7 weeks.
Tuscaloosa city leaders showed their support to non-U.S. citizen residents who are investing and learning in the city.
Two weeks ago, a University of Alabama student addressed the council, saying he was concerned for his fellow students and co-workers who are in Tuscaloosa legally but are not U.S. citizens.
Tuesday, the city and Mayor Walt Maddox presented a proclamation showing their support. The proclamation has nothing to do with sanctuary cities, and there are no current plans to make Tuscaloosa one.