Alabaster funds water main upgrade to serve Limestone Park facility

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

ALABASTER – The Alabaster City Council took another step toward finalizing construction of a new public works facility in Limestone Park during a recent meeting, as they voted to fund water main upgrades to serve the new facility.

Council members voted unanimously during their April 23 meeting to accept a $98,493 bid from Apel Machine and Supply to fund the water main improvements at the park.

Apel was the lowest of four bids received for the project.

The water main improvements 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.

The water main project will allow for a fire hydrant to be placed in the park to serve the new facility, and will be completed over the next four-to-six weeks, Alabaster City Manager Brian Binzer said previously.

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 in the coming months, 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.