Walking path OK’d for Alba’s City Park

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Alba residents will soon have a new walking path courtesy of the Economic Development Corp.

The Alba City Council on Oct. 1 approved the corporation’s expenditure of $52,200 for construction of the path. The six-foot wide concrete walking path will wind a figure eight around and through City Park, which is located at the southern terminus of Luther Street. The construction firm 5W Contracting will be awarded the contract and it expects completion within the month. 5W Contracting of Sulphur Springs was the only firm to submit a bid.

In ongoing infrastructure improvement efforts, council awarded Schaumburg & Polk Inc. of Tyler the engineering service for the Community Development Block Grant improvements of the city’s drainage system. The $275,000 grant will be used largely for prioritized ditch and culvert improvements throughout the city.

Council approved annual budgets for the Library and Economic Development Corp. annual budgets and approved a 2 percent pay raise for full-time city employees. The pay increase was already accounted for within the city budget.

Residents Amber Bates, Diane Caughron and Marcella Cross received two-year reappointments as citizen representatives to the Economic Development Corp. The reappointments were unanimous.

Mayor Sonny Hass was joined by council members Larry Harris, Larry Jones and Tammy Kirkpatrick. Council members Marja Heinert and Robert Kraemer were absent due to health and family obligations, respectively.

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