Cullman City Council clears way for major expansion of aquatic center water park, Main Avenue repaving

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W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune 

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman City Council Monday evening paved the way for new development and expansion on the city’s southwest side with a collection of resolutions and ordinances to support infrastructure improvements and new facilities. 

The council approved the issuance of $29,085,000 in bonds to provide funding for the new civic center complex and a major addition to the “Wild Water” water park at the Cullman Wellness and Aquatic Center (CWAC). It authorized the Mayor to contract with Weber Group and Aquatic Development Group for the water park addition, along with a separate resolution authorizing the Mayor to contract with Proslide Technology, Inc. for a multi-tiered waterslide complex tower with a canopy and children’s slide complex area to incorporate with the addition. 

With Mayor Woody Jacobs noting that new and improved facilities would bring increased traffic to that part of town, the council approved a resolution to enter into a funding and construction agreement with ALDOT for resurfacing and traffic striping of West Main Avenue Southwest all the way from Highway 278 to Highway 69 (Cherokee Avenue). 

City financial audit approved; no issues found 

The council received and approved a clean 2020 financial audit from Warren Averett CPAs and advisors, noting no negative findings. 

Sewer and water codes purchases approved 

The council passed resolutions to adopt standards for the construction of sanitary sewer systems and water distribution systems which, according to Luke Satterfield, will create uniform standards for all construction in the city. 

In unrelated resolutions, the council award a bid for sewer pipe to Consolidated Pipe & Supply Co., in the amount of $47,424, and approved a change order to Pipeworks Plus, Inc. in the amount of $16,150 for previously uncontracted costs to improve sanitary sewer cleanouts at Nesmith Park. 

Special events 

The council approved special events requests: 

  •  from Tommie Sanders of Wellstone-Cullman for a De-stress Fest at Depot Park from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, May 15, 2021. 
  • from Andrew Spratlin of the United States Army for a block party and food truck rally with Army aviation simulators, the Army Band and a DJ in the vacant parking lot behind Buffalo Wild Wings from noon until 7 p.m. June 4 and 5, 2021. City Attorney Roy Williams noted that the permit will cover noise and that Spratlin must get separate permission for use of the site since it is private property. 
  • from Christy Turner of Cullman City Parks of Recreation to hold the annual Strawberry Festival in the Downtown Special Events District May 1, 2021. 
  • from Wesley Moore of the City of Cullman to hold the 2021 AHSAA State Track Meet at Cullman High School beginning April 30 2021, and ending on May 1, 2021. 

 Fair Housing proclamation 

 The council approved a proclamation by Mayor Jacobs marking the 53rd anniversary of the 1968 Fair Housing Act: 

 WHEREAS April 11, 2021 marks the 53nd Anniversary of the passage of the United States Fair Housing Law, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, which enunciated a National Policy of fair housing without regard to race, color, religion, sex and national origin; and  

WHEREAS the effective implementation of the National Policy depends on affirmative action at all levels of Government;  

NOW, THEREFORE, the City of Cullman does hereby proclaim the month of April 2021 as Fair Housing Month in recognition of the importance of fair housing to our way of life, and I urge our citizens to obey the letter and the spirit of the Fair Housing Law as an expression of the individual rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution. 

 The Cullman City Council meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month in the City Hall auditorium. The public is invited to attend. 

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