Montevallo Discusses Proposed Community Center Project – Shelby County Reporter

Montevallo discusses proposed community center project

Posted 2:17 p.m. on Friday, August 12, 2022

By EMILY SPARACINO | Personal editor

MONTEVALLO – The Montevallo City Council has decided to move forward with the process of collecting community feedback on a potential facility project.

On Monday, August 8, City Council voted to accept a proposal from the Dewayne Moore Foundation LLC to create a project management and commercial development oversight plan for a community and recreation center in Montevallo.

The proposal, which includes two community needs assessment and feedback surveys, has a cost of $5,000, which the city will cover with funding from the American Rescue Plan Act.

“This is something we’ve needed in the city for years,” Mayor Rusty Nix said. “We visited a few and decided we needed to start the process and see where we were. You have to have something to be able to pitch investors, so we decided to reach out to Dewayne and see what he could put together for us.

Council member Sonya Swords said the proposal was intended to help the city determine where the facility could go and what grant could be obtained for it.

“That doesn’t mean we’re going to build the facility,” Swords said. “It’s just to see the ball, is it doable?”

Moore said he has worked with other cities, including Helena, on similar projects in the past.

“The first thing we need to do is come up with a business plan,” Moore said. “I’m just a business developer. Anything just about bringing the vision to life is our level of expertise.

Moore said the purpose of a survey is to gather public comment on the potential project, and added, “It just opens the doors to some grants.”

The Board also approved a resolution authorizing the purchase of Holmatro Pentheon extrication equipment, also known as “Jaws of Life”, for Montevallo Fire and Rescue for $46,970.

“We’ve had two sets for years,” Fire Chief Brad Davis said. “The oldest game was probably bought somewhere in the 80s.”

Davis said the fire department was not asking for more money, but to reallocate existing funds in its budget to cover the cost of equipment.

In other cases, the Council:

• Approved a recommendation to accept an offer of $8,959 from CMIT Solutions for the replacement and configuration of surveillance cameras at Parnell Memorial Library.

• Approved a recommendation to accept a $20,000 bid from C&W Concrete for storm sewer repairs and upgrades along Valley Street behind Montevallo High School.

• Voted to pass a resolution allowing the Mayor to negotiate and enter into a contractual agreement with BFI Waste Services LLC, dba Republic Services of Birmingham, to provide residential solid waste collection.

• Approved to waive vendor fees for the Montevallo ArtWalk 2022 event scheduled for Saturday, October 29 (rain date November 5).

• Approved for MDCD to repair damaged sections of the walking track at Orr Park with unallocated funds not to exceed $45,000.

Jill E. Washington