City finds record sewer tap fees for month

The city of Alabaster collected record revenue in sewer tap fees during the past month.

According to an inspection department report given at a recent city council meeting, $113,400 in sewer tap fees was collected by the city.

The report indicated some $28,000 was collected in permit fees. There were 621 inspections on 43 new homes valued at more than $6 million.

An Alabaster police department report, presented at the same meeting, indicated that police officers answered 1,492 calls.

Officers worked 87 highway accidents; had contact with 694 motorists; arrested 136 for non-traffic offenses; executed 31 warrant arrests; and issued 31 violations for city ordinances.

The city’s Parks and Recreation Department report indicates 368 children were registered for youth soccer. The Thompson Youth Football Jamboree is set for Aug. 23 at Buck Creek Park.

City park development continues along 119

Work on developing a new municipal park in Alabaster continues.

Mayor David Frings told councilmembers recently that minor wetlands had been discovered on a proposed 82-acre site the city is considering for a city park.

The site is located along Highway 119 in the city, Frings said.

He said the company examining the property had indicated a five-field baseball/softball complex and parking area would fit in the northern portion of the property without mitigation.

Frings told the council that a detailed survey of the property needed to be completed on the northern two-thirds of the site. He asked for $23,500 to that end.

The detailed survey will include mapping with GPS coordinates and elevations and the production of a contour map.

Councilman Jim McClain expressed his pleasure with the 82-acre site.

&uot;I think it’s a beautiful property and a good idea to go ahead and move forward,&uot; he said.

Mayor Frings said after the construction of the five-field complex, there will still be room on the site for playgrounds, walking trails and a skateboard park, among other amenities.

In other business,

The council set a public hearing for Sept. 15 on a rezoning request for Silvercreek subdivision, located off Highway 119.

Councilmembers authorized requesting bids for a fire truck. Mayor Frings said it would take at least 10 months to receive the truck, which is greatly needed by the Alabaster Fire Department.

The council appointed Gary Bivins to the Commercial Development Authority, filling the final position of that board