2012-04-13 / Government / Neighborhood

Forest Acres City Council holds April 10 meeting

By Cathy Cobbs

It was hurry up and wait on most business considered by the Forest Acres City Council at its regular meeting April 10.

The council heard that replacement of the Willingham Bridge will have to wait until 2013, as bids submitted to the DOT were 20-15 percent over budget. According to Forest Acres City Manager Mark Williams, there isn’t time to re-bid the project and complete it over the summer. The project will be let out for bid in February of next year and completed between May and August.

In other news, the FAMFEST concert, which was originally scheduled for March 24, has been rescheduled for October 20. All the national acts that had been originally booked will be able to return that day, according to event organizers.

The council also heard that long-awaited renovations to Citadel and Idalia parks will begin soon. Bids are due April 24, and Williams reported that six to seven contractors had expressed interest in a prebid meeting. Construction is expected to last around 90 days. When questioned by Mayor Frank Brunson, Williams said neighbors are aware the parks would be closed during the summer and were okay with it, as they were allowed to have feedback on its design, a move that delayed the progress of the project significantly.

In other business, the council:

• heard the Forest Acres Baseball Classic has named its most valuable player award after councilman Charles Fetner. “It was a very emotional day,” said Brunson. “Charlie certainly deserves the recognition.”

• passed on second reading an ordinance that revises garbage and trash pickup status for commercial properties,

• passed on second reading an ordinance creating a C-5 zoning status for Richland Mall,

• heard from Police Chief Gene Sealey about the crime report for March, which included 44 traffic accidents, 51 criminal arrests, and a rise in burglaries. “We ask people to continue to be vigilant,” Sealey said.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:50 p.m. to go into executive session. Brunson, Fetner, Shell Suber, Ginger Dukes and Curtis Rye Jr. attended the meeting.

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