Concession stand, municipal flag tabled at meeting

The Daleville City Council tabled two items of business during its regular meeting on Tuesday, July 2.

The council first tabled action on the Culpepper Park concession stand project until new bids could be provided.

The council voted to rebid the project during the council’s June 4 meeting after bid prices came in higher than the funds budgeted for the project and were rejected on May 8.

The lowest bid totaled $296,590.55. The city council has budgeted $150,000 for the project.

The city has been discussing a two-story concession stand project since 2016, when the council was first told the price of the project had risen from $250,000-$275,000 to $429,283.

Discussions started again in October 2018, and the item of business was tabled in October and November 2018. In December 2018, Civil Southeast Engineering Group then visited the council to show some building features available and cost estimates for building both a one-story, estimated to be around $350,000, and a two-story concession stand, estimated to be around $450,000.

In a December 2018 meeting, the council voted to authorize Mayor Jayme Stayton to start the process to have plans drawn for a new, two-story concession building.

During a January work session, Stayton presented preliminary plans for a new, two-story concession stand to the council. The council voted to create specifications for the project on Jan. 15.

On April 15, Stayton presented the final plans to the council that were originally sent for bids.

During the council’s work session on June 3, Joe Donofro, with Donofro Architects, spoke with the council about possible ways to reduce the price of the project, including completing demolition, sodding and grass repair, laying the sidewalks outside the concession stand and painting work in house.

He also included alternatives for design materials and air-conditioning systems in the projects list. He said the city could also save some money by “deleting the bonds” and researching possible electrical fixes.

Both Donofro and Stayton said the costs of the project would not fit in the amount set by the city.

The council also tabled action on purchasing a municipal flag, first brought before the council by member Jo Reese during the June 3 work session and June 4 meeting.

The council was presented flag design options, though no prices were provided. According to City Clerk Angelia Filmore, prices of the flag would be determined by the size, colors and more.

Council member Bobby Hardrick said he liked the city’s logo and color scheme, and Stayton commented that the city’s logo would look “good in the middle of a white flag.”

In other business, the council approved a resolution allowing for extra days off for city employees on Friday, July 5. This day was declared a state holiday by Gov. Kay Ivey.

The council also voted to place Ralph Reid on the city’s Board of Adjustments. His term will expire in 2021.

During his comments, Stayton welcomed new Daleville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Lisa Stamps to the City of Daleville. She told the council she is excited to work with the school board and city leaders in the future, thanking them for their support.

“I do look forward to working closely with all the council members, the board, all the clubs and organizations,” she said. “I’m used to giving the State of the Schools address every so often just to keep people in the loop and communicate with all of our constituents.

“You’ll find that I’m kind of an open book and have an open-door policy. I’m really transparent, and I’ve spent my whole career trying to be real. My whole intent is always the bottom line is what’s best for kids.”

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 16, at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

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