At their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, June 4, Mayor Will Hill reported to the Louisville Board of Aldermen that a number of the capitol and recovery projects have been completed with others substantially complete. These projects have been in progress since shortly after the tornado of April 2014.
The plywood plant rebuild, streets, cemetery project, equipment purchases, property acquisitions, drainage and building project at the old National Guard Armory are all complete. The traffic signal project is on the clock to be complete in August, and the Strand Theater project is pending with the Department. of Archives and History and is close to a complete master plan. The Railroad Ave. project should be complete by early July.
The playground and splash pad project has work ongoing but is in limited use, with a formal opening and dedication planned for early July. The Board unanimously approved pay applications to Pryor-Morrow for $620 and $6K for professional services.
Concerning the downtown business district, a rendering of proposed improvements should be available by the next meeting; this will include work on the brick pavers and new planters along Main St. The Board voted unanimously to approve a pay application to Pryor-Morrow in the amount of $2.3K.
The Louisville Community Saferoom is complete and in use. The Board approved pay applications to Burkes-Mordecai for $3.2K; Broadus & Associates for $2.9K; JBHM Architects for $2.9K; and Louisville Utilities for $441.
In other business, the Board:
• Voted 5-0 to authorize Mayor Hill to sign a professional services agreement with Neel-Schaffer for on-call solid waste engineering design and construction administration.
• Voted 5-0 to accept a proposal from McCray Drilling/Soiltech Consultants for landfill testing for $26K.
• Voted 5-0 to authorize payment to Mississippi Dept. of Revenue for annual Waste Disposal Fee report in the amount of $34.7K.
• Voted 5-0 to authorize payment to PPM for $1.67K for professional services on the EPA Brownfield project through April 30.
• Voted 5-0 to authorize payment to Mississippi Workers Compensation Plan for $5.1K for audited premium.
• Voted to accept an application for a five-year tax exemption from city tax for Polo Custom Products on new property valued at $312.5K.
• Voted 4-0 to approve an ad valorem Fee-In-Lieu tax agreement for Winston Plywood and Veneer. Alderwoman Gwenita Mays recused herself.
The next scheduled meeting of the Louisville Board of Aldermen is Tuesday, June 18 at 5:30 p.m.