The Dothan City Commission approved an additional $679,000 in sewer-related expenses Tuesday involving the final expansion of the Little Choctawhatchee Wastewater Treatment Plant.
The commission approved two separate extra costs Tuesday, the first one to W.L. Hailey and Sons for $283,967. W.L. Hailey and Sons is the primary contractor for the Little Choctawhatchee expansion. The city practically doubled the size of the Little Choctawhatchee plant while shutting down the Beaver Creek plant recently. According to documents associated with the additional costs, unexpected conditions forced the contractor to buy equipment and perform work including installation of additional storm drainage pipe and inlets, laying additional rip rap rock in ditches, removing an additional fuel tank and other expenses.
A second change order of $395,894 was approved for Polyengineering for additional engineering, construction administration, inspection and operations and maintenance manual preparation for the Little Choctawhatchee upgrade.
Also Tuesday, Larry Patrick of Dothan Leisure Services said the Alabama High School Athletic Association South Regional basketball tournament drew about 10,000 fans to the Dothan Civic Center. The tournament was held Feb. 19-23. Patrick said the tournament drew about 2,000 more fans than last year’s South regional held in Mobile, despite heavy rain in the Dothan area for much of the week.
“It has been no secret we were after this tournament for a long time,” Patrick said. “We told the AHSAA that if they came once, they wouldn’t be sorry.”
The tournament is locked in for two more years by contract, but the city appears to have been green-lighted for an additional three years beyond that as well.
In other action Tuesday, the Commission:
» Rezoned property owned by Tadlock Management, LLC located at 200 Morgan St., from R-4 District to B-1 District.
» Submitted a grant application to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management through the Alabama Recycling Fund in the amount of $298,500 to assist with the City’s recycling efforts.
» Declared a 1997 Ford Crown Victoria as surplus and no longer needed for public or municipal purposes and authorizing the transfer of the vehicle to the Town of Grimes.
» Submitted the 2012 Annual Sludge Report to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
» Approved a claim filed by Maxine Clark.
» Accepted an easement from Tommy Ferguson necessary for storm drainage improvements in the 200 block of Carl Street.
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