Pelham council approves $64M budget

Published 4:21 pm Monday, November 12, 2018

PELHAM – The Pelham City Council approved a $64.7 million budget at its meeting on Monday, Nov. 5.

Several projects are on the council’s radar to be started or completed during fiscal year 2019, which began Oct. 1. A few highlighted projects include:

-Street paving: The council allocated $650,000 to street paving with projects beginning this month. Street paving will take place incrementally and into 2019.

-PVC pipe replacement: The budget includes $574,000 to be used for PVC pipe replacement. Several of the projects will take place in the Chandalar neighborhood and some in the city’s industrial park as well.

-Sewer/wastewater: The budget gives $400,000 to lift station upgrades. A stand-by generator is set to be installed at Lift Station M, which is located at Pelham City Park.

-Village Place intersection: $250,000 will go toward the realignment of the Village Place and Bearden Road intersection. The road serves as an access point to Pelham Park Middle School.

-Greenway trails: A total of $254,000 has been allocated to the city’s greenway trails project. About $230,000 will be used to complete phase 1 of the project and $24,000 will go toward designing phases two and three of the project.

-Playground: In a joint effort between the city, Shelby County and the Alabaster-Pelham Rotary Club, upgrades will be made to the playground at Pelham City Park. The city is contributing $50,000 to the effort.

-Rec center gym: The city set aside $20,000 to purchase floor covers for the gymnasium at the recreation center. Floor covers will allow the space to be used to host functions without damaging the hardwood court.

-City Hall: Renovation to City Hall are expected to cost $70,000. These renovations are intended to make the facility more user-friendly.

-Gateway improvements: The council set aside $124,000 to go toward improving appearances as motorists enter the city. Improvements would include signage, shrubbery and landscaping.

-New fire station: $200,000 will go toward completing the design for a new fire station, which will be located on Highway 11.