he Weston Board of Aldermen discussed several construction projects on Monday.
The first project is repair and remodeling of the police station along Thomas Street. Currently the building’s roof has several large holes and is planned to be replaced.
During the replacement of the roof, the police department will have to be relocated.
Greg Hoffman, mayor, said he was trying to get a complete list of what the police department will need when they are relocated to a meeting room above the public works department.
The room is currently a public meeting area for several organizations in Weston.
Alderman Bob Moore said that currently the air conditioning in the room is not working and will need to be repaired.
Hoffman said that once the police move to the new space the meetings which would normally be in the room will be displaced. Hoffman also suggested that perhaps the police department could move to the new space permanently and the old police building could become the public meeting space.
Alderman Amiah McCaulley agreed and said he didn’t want to have the roof fixed and then to have to “cram them” back into the building.
Moore said the city should get an engineer to design plans to move the police department.
The only problem currently is the evidence locker which is a permanent structure in the old building and would need to be moved and constructed to be secure at the new location.
“I think we need to sit down with Terry (Blanton, police chief) and an engineer and decide what the permanent solution is,” said C.R. Carter, alderman.
The board did approve a motion to repair the air conditioning while they explore options for the police department.
In other business the board also approved bids for street resurfacing work in the city.
The low bidder for the chip and seal project was Vance Brothers with a total of $26,169. The board also chose to go with the bid of Barkley Company Inc. of $43,887.10 for asphalt.
The low bidder was American Marking and Paving, but Moore said Barkley has the contract to mill the streets and they had said they would apply the asphalt within a few days of tearing up the streets.
The board approved the bid by Barkley contingent upon them being able to lay asphalt within a couple days of tearing up the streets.
The city is spending about $70,000 on overlaying streets and had budgeted $130,000.
Hoffman suggested they look at possibly also overlaying Spring Street Annex. Moore also suggested a portion of Fifth Street could be worked on.
The board also approved extending a waterline to the city limits along Middle Road to allow some residents outside of the city to have water.
The city will place water meters at the city limits and then the homeowners can individually pay to extend the water lines to their properties. They will also have to pay a connection fee.
The homeowners are not within any water district and do not expect either Water District 3 or 7 to annex them to provide water services.
The board approved the waterline project to the city limits with a vote of 4-0.