Alabaster OKs pump station to serve Limestone Park


By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

ALABASTER – The city took the next step toward finalizing construction of its new public works facility in Limestone Park, as City Council members voted to fund the installation of a pump station to serve the facility and possible future upgrades for the park.

The council voted unanimously during its Feb. 12 meeting to accept a $29,115 bid from the Pump and Process Equipment company to install the pump station at the park off U.S. 31 in southern Alabaster.

The pump station will serve the new public works facility, which is being constructed between the park’s central lake and the Alabaster Police Department’s shooting range to house the city’s garbage trucks.

Alabaster Mayor Marty Handlon said the pump station also will allow the city to one day install restroom facilities at the park, which also houses wildlife-friendly wetlands and a remote control plane strip.

In August 2017, council members voted to award a $1.25 million bid to Wayne Davis to construct the public works facility at Limestone Park between the park’s central lake and the Alabaster Police Department shooting range.

The facility will include a brick façade on the front, and paving in the area immediately surrounding the building. The city is not currently planning to pave the gravel road leading from U.S. 31 to the garbage truck facility, as was originally planned.

Once completed this spring, the Limestone facility will play a major role in Alabaster’s city-run garbage service, which began in January.

The council voted last year to keep residential garbage collection rates the same as they are now once the city’s garbage service begins.

The $15.27 monthly residential rate includes one garbage cart and one recycling cart, and customers can pay one-half the residential rate for each additional cart.

Commercial and non-residential customers pay $30.54 per month, receive two carts and can pay one-half the commercial rate for each additional cart up to a maximum of four.

Alabaster has approved a bid from the Pump and Process Equipment company to install a pump station at Limestone Park. (Contributed)