Enterprise OKs transportation plan report

The city’s transportation plan report was approved at the first Enterprise City Council meeting of the new year.

The transportation plan, a written report detailing expenditures made from the new gas tax fund during the previous fiscal year, was unanimously approved by the council at the meeting Jan. 4.

City of Enterprise Consulting Engineer Glenn Morgan outlined highlights of the Fiscal Year 2021 Transportation Plan Report, explaining that as part of the Rebuild Alabama Act passed by the state legislature in 2019 the funds generated by the new gas tax are distributed among the state, counties and cities annually.

As part of that act, each municipality must adopt an annual transportation plan no later than Aug. 31 detailing the projects for which expenditures are intended to be made in the next fiscal year from the new funds. This plan is also available for public viewing on the city’s website, Morgan said.

Morgan said the FY21 Transportation was approved by the Enterprise City Council in August 2020 and reflects the city’s proposed use for the $126,000 anticipated funds received.

“The plan provided that the funds would be utilized to perform roadway improvements, repairs, resurfacing, reconstruction or maintenance towards completion of the city of Enterprise FY21 Phase 2 Master Street Resurfacing list and/or match monies for any state or federal grant funded projects,” Morgan said. “The actual funding received from the Rebuild Alabama Act for FY 21 was $164,289.41 according to the city’s chief financial officer.

“These funds had to be—and were—deposited into a separate fund and the funds were then transferred into the city’s capital account and utilized in accordance with the city’s Transportation Plan approved in August 2020,” Morgan said. “The funds for this last fiscal year were basically spent on two things.

“One was the design of Phase 2 of the street resurfacing plan and funds were also expended as matching monies for construction of the College Street culvert project which was completed in FY21,” Morgan said. “Both of those expenditures would have fallen within the approved plan that the council adopted.”

In other business, the council heard a report from Enterprise Parks and Recreation Director Billy Powell about the condition of the walking trails at Johnny Henderson Park at the Enterprise Recreational Complex. Councilman Eugene Goolsby had received a communication from a citizen who reported tripping and falling on the trail and he had asked Powell to research the matter.

Powell reported that the person told him exactly where the accident occurred and that the uneven asphalt was apparently caused by crepe myrtle roots growing under the asphalt. Powell said that caution tape has been placed in the area but that the walking trail, as a whole, needs to be evaluated. “Overall the walking trail is still in great shape. People use it everyday,” Powell told the council. “There are just some isolated areas that we should address as a concern for safety.”

The next meeting of the Enterprise City Council is Tuesday, Jan. 18, in the council chambers at Enterprise City Hall. A work session begins at 5 p.m. A voting meeting is at 6 p.m. Both meetings are open to the public.

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