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By Joe Thomas
Ledger Editor 

Council eyes grant for sewer lines


December 12, 2019

After the Flomaton Town Council voted to seek a Community Development Block Grant to extend sanitary sewer lines to the new precast concrete plant on Highway 31, Councilwoman Lillian Dean said it will only add more waste to the sewer lagoon on Martin Luther King Drive.

“When will it stop?” Dean asked. “It's our neighborhood, when are you going to stop?”

Mayor Dewey Bondurant Jr., said the town had a study done to construct a waste water treatment plan and the cost estimate was about $3.5 million.

He said to pay that debt back, residents in Flomaton would see their sewer bills double or possibly triple.

Dean also questioned why the people in the neighborhood continue to smell the foul odor from the lagoon.

Utilities Superintendent Shaun Moye said what people are smelling are gases from the lagoon. He did say curtains could help, but not eliminate the smell.

“Everyone who has a lagoon and even a treatment plant has issues with odor,” Moye said.

Payments questioned

In other business Monday, Councilman Buster Crapps questioned how and why the town got behind in making payments to the retirement system for employees.

“Have we run behind in our payments?” Crapps asked. “I heard we have.”

Crapps said the reports now show the town is caught up, but at one point was three months behind.

Mayor Bondurant said the reason he turned the payroll over to the town's accountant, Robert Hudson, was because that was a problem.

“Did we use any of this $80,000 to get caught up?” Crapps asked.

Bondurant said he was not sure, but he'd check.

“I want to make sure we have our payments on time to the retirement system,” Crapps said.

Executive session

The council went into executive session near the end of the meeting under a new business agenda item listed as 'personnel/litigation'. Town Attorney Chuck Johns said the council needed to go into executive discussion to discuss possible litigation, which is allowed under Alabama's Sunshine Law.


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