Orange Beach hopes FEMA money will help rebuild Waterfront Park pier
(OBA®) – Orange Beach, AL – If Mayor Tony Kennon and Orange Beach City Council are successful, the Waterfront Park Pier that Sally destroyed will be rebuilt exactly as it was before the storm. If the federal government lends a hand.
“Our goal is that we would like it to be put back as it is now,” Kennon said. “This is our ultimate goal. But at the same time, we have to be smart.
During the June 8 board working session, Kennon and the board discussed a resolution authorizing a contract with Thompson Engineering to perform design, tendering and construction administration services for the repair / replacement of the Waterfront Park pier for approximately $ 44,800. Additionally, during the meeting, the board heard an update from Mickey Franco of
Island fiber on his company’s efforts to bring fiber-optic Internet to residential areas of the city.
Until now, Kennon said, the council has been waiting for FEMA to decide whether the city is eligible for federal money to rebuild the pier.
“Basically we had to wait for FEMA to assess the pier and how much they would pay for it,” Kennon said. “If they have to pay 75%, the state will reimburse us an additional 12.5%, so we were prepared to spend $ 1 million to rebuild it exactly as it was. “
And, it’s not a done deal, FEMA will help pay for the pier, but Kennon said he’s seen and heard positive things about the city’s chances.
“That’s what the heist was,” Kennon said. “We had to wait for them and we still don’t have the definite determination one way or another, but we think we’re fit enough to repay ourselves.”
With the cost of lumber, Kennon said the $ 1 million price could be even higher.
“That was a rough number to give people because the prices keep going up so fast,” Kennon said.
These rising costs could also result in a higher cost for the jetty replacement if FEMA does not pass.
“If that wasn’t going to be covered, we would have to re-evaluate how much we were going to spend, how long we would be able to afford for a jetty based on what we thought was usage,” Kennon said. “It looks like FEMA would reimburse us and if it does, we’ll rebuild it as it is. It is not cheap. It is a very expensive pier.
Franco told the board that Island Fiber already has 600 cable customers and a lot of infrastructure already in place.
“We hit 600 yesterday and this is one of the milestones we set for the city and I think we’re still on track to do 20-30 a week as our staff is set. right now, ”Franco said.
Eastern State Route 161 is pretty much complete when it comes to the conduit in the ground, but not all homes in the area have been lit yet.
“Everything from the channel is from Shore Acres to the fiber of Perdido Gates, is installed in the ground and active,” Franco said. “We now connect most of the customers to it. We have seen construction move into the Terry Cove area and are weeks away from finalizing our permit for the national highway along 161. ”
Once he obtains the state permit, he will be able to start working on Marina Road and its neighborhoods as well as Cotton Bayou Drive.
“We’re in the final days of (allowing) to expand our backbone to 161 to connect Terry Cove and these other neighborhoods,” Franco said. “The project is progressing very well. “
He said the future is bright for everyone in town who wants fiber to have it.
“My goal, once this is really done, we will have the first city in the state, possibly in multiple states, that will have a full residential fiber network available to every resident of the city,” Franco said. “We are working hard for this. On the construction side, we’re about 50 to 55 percent complete in the city. Several neighborhoods are being built and we are planning to move forward to go to other areas along the western canal.
During the ordinary session, the council:
- Voted to change the polling station for the municipal elections from the community center to the Orange Beach Event Center from 2024. Scheduling conflicts prevented the change from occurring in 2022.
- Extension of the moratorium on the issuance of commercial licenses for charters carrying passengers and the delivery of rental boats to public boat launches.
- Accepted two resolutions allocating funds to support Orange Beach High School to fund two teaching units in an amount not to exceed $ 197,621 and funds to support Orange Beach Elementary School for one unit of education in an amount not exceeding $ 80,000.
- OK a resolution allocating funds to the Baldwin County Board of Education for teacher and coach salaries in an amount not to exceed $ 60,000.
- Deferral of a resolution authorizing the execution of a work order with Sawgrass Consulting to provide civil design, surveying, construction engineering and inspection for Fire Hall # 5 for an amount not to exceed $ 71,500.
- OK’d a resolution rejecting all bids for the Orange Beach High School turnout on Canal Road.
- Accepted a resolution authorizing the execution of Change Order # 5 with EJ Builders for additional electrical work for baseball and softball field renovations in an amount not to exceed $ 41,910.
- Amendment of a resolution to authorize a change in the purchase price of two 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe four-wheel drive SUVs from the state offer for the police service in the amount of $ 75,129 to reflect $ 736 in shipping costs.
- Accepted a resolution authorizing the sole source purchase of a control panel located at the Ono Island Lift Station from Jim House & Associates for utility service in the amount of $ 27,591.
- Acceptance of a resolution authorizing the purchase of soccer / football bulletin boards for the Parks and Recreation Department through Sourcewell in the amount of $ 30,073.
- OK’d a resolution awarding the bid for a new marine police boat lift to
Quays and bridges, in an amount not exceeding $ 25,818.
- Accepted a resolution authorizing a contract with McCollough Architecture to provide professional services for the renovation of the Recreation Center for an amount not exceeding $ 25,400.
- Ok’d a resolution authorizing the execution of a work order with Sawgrass Consulting to provide surveying, preliminary civil engineering, conceptual site planning and soil geotechnical reports for Orange High School athletic facilities Beach for an amount not exceeding $ 8,500.
- Accepted a resolution authorizing the execution of Change Order # 1 with Roads of NWF to add Juniper Street to the 2021 pavement resurfacing for an amount not to exceed $ 7,200.
- Accepted a resolution authorizing the execution of Change Order # 1 with John G. Walton Construction Company to alleviate groundwater conditions related to the construction of a deceleration lane on Canal Road in Cypress Village for an amount not not exceeding $ 7,362.
- Accepted a resolution authorizing the execution of a professional services agreement with Marquise Elston for speed, strength and agility training for the Expect Excellence program.
- Passed an amendment to the ordinance to authorize Caribe Seaside, a 30-story, 115-unit condominium on the site occupied by Romar Dunes before Hurricane Ivan in 2004. It sits directly east of the access to Cotton Bayou beach.
- Voted against a proposed change in planned unit development for the Sunset Park subdivision. The problem was the removal of heirloom trees on the property.
During the working session, the council discussed:
- A resolution authorizing the execution of a deed of city property in Baldwin County for the Russian Road right-of-way.
- A resolution amending the employee compensation plan / job list to add the post of reviewer of construction and fire plans.
- A resolution authorizing a franchise renewal for Gulf Limousine, to operate a taxi and limousine service within city limits and city police jurisdiction.
- A resolution authorizing the execution of a professional services agreement with Watermark Design Group for architectural services and a resolution authorizing the execution of a work order with Watermark Design Group to provide design administration services, submission and construction for the repair and replacement of the roof of the city’s facilities following the April 10 Hailstorm in an amount not exceeding $ 55,434.
- A reminder of a public hearing and first reading for an order modifying the development of units scheduled for Port Washington PUD on June 15. The developer proposes to build 26 houses on the northeast corner of Washington Boulevard with a street in the center of the plot.