Chelsea approves plan for road work during upcoming fiscal year

Published 3:44 pm Friday, August 23, 2019

CHELSEA – Chelsea plans to tackle several road projects in the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 as part of Rebuild Alabama.

The Rebuild Alabama Act was signed into law in March and requires that municipalities submit annual transportation plans for projects on which they expect to spend funds collected through the act’s tax increases.

According to the transportation plan approved by the Chelsea City Council at its meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 20, projects that could receive Rebuild Alabama funds include:

  • Shelby County 39/47 intersection project, total project estimated cost of $1 million.
  • Bridge replacement at Whisenhunt Road, $275,000.
  • Repair, resurface and striping at Glenston Cottages, $55,000.
  • Bridge/culvert upgrade at Liberty Road, $150,000.
  • New connector road from Chesser Road to Shelby County 280, $65,000.
  • Intersection re-alignment at Liberty Road and Shelby County 47, $270,000.
  • New connector road from Chesser Drive to Shelby County 280, $500,000.
  • Walking path from Shelby County 280 to U.S. 280 along Chesser Drive, $750,000.

A total of $49,045.52 is expected from Rebuild Alabama, according to the transportation plan.

In other business, the Council:

  • Approved a one-year extension of a moratorium on the issuance of business licenses for storage and mini-warehouse facilities.

License renewals for such businesses can still be granted during the moratorium, according to the resolution.

“The Council finds that the overdevelopment of storage and mini-warehouse facilities can be detrimental to the city’s development and effectively limit the ability of the city to attract diverse types of business,” the resolution stated.

  • Approved an annexation ordinance submitted by Lance and Jessica Lee for two parcels (6.39 acres and 3.81 acres) located at 3500 Shelby County 39.
  • Heard from Chelsea Fire Chief Wayne Shirley that the department had been awarded two grants. One, a Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation grant, was in the amount of $26,700 to be used for extrication equipment. Another grant was for three sets of pediatric restraining equipment for transport vehicles.

•Heard from Emily Sims with the Chelsea Public Library that the library will host a time for board games the third Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.