City of Lanett seeking bids to repair damaged roofs – Valley Times-News

LANETT — A hailstorm on April 24 damaged a number of buildings in Lanett, including City Hall, WO Lance Elementary School, and two buildings — the historic Lanier High housekeeping building and a former music hall — in the LB Sykes Community Center complex on Cherry Drive.

On Monday, Lanett City Council passed a resolution to submit bids for roof repairs on those four buildings.

“That storm caused a lot of damage in Lanett,” fire and ambulance chief Johnny Allen told the municipality. “There was a lot of damage to shingled roofs in particular. We don’t yet know the extent of the damage to the flat or membrane roofs like those at Lanett High. If we find such damage, we will have to deal with it.”

Allen said it would be good if the necessary work at WO Lance could be scheduled over the fall break.

“It should take three or four days to do the work it takes,” he said. “It would be better if the kids don’t go to school.”

In another action, the council passed a resolution authorizing the use of surplus leveling equipment from the Alabama Municipal Electric Authority (AMEA) to support the installation of a new metering system. With this new system, Lanett residents can continuously monitor their electricity consumption.

The AMEA has been considering this as a service to its member cities for several years now.

“It’s going to be a big project,” said Chief Superintendent of Utilities Tony Chandler. “We have a contractor for the rollout. All 11 members of the AMEA will do it. The three largest cities (Opelika, Dothan and Fairhope) are already served. The other eight cities will come after that.”

The other AMEA cities are Lanett, LaFayette, Alexander City, Foley, Luverne, Piedmont, Sylacauga and Tuskegee.

“It will give us a better understanding of AMEA’s peak times,” McCoy said. “It will be beneficial for our citizens and our customers. It will post a new reading every 15 minutes. You can access it on your smartphone. It’s a great way to track your bill.”

“This has taken a long time,” Councilor Tony Malone said. “I’m happy to see it.”

“It sounds complicated at first,” Chandler said, “but once it’s built, it will benefit us.”

Councilor Angelia Thomas asked if the new metering system would put the city’s meter readers out of work.

Chandler said that wouldn’t happen. The new system is for electricity only. Natural gas, water and sewage consumption has yet to be read.

The council passed a resolution determining public nuisances and authorized action in 1906 North 3rd Court.

“We’ve had a lot of complaints about this,” McCoy said. “We’ll notify the owner to get something done.”

Thomas asked why this one property was chosen.

“We’ve had complaints about other properties,” she said.

McCoy said he needed a list of those complaints.

In other actions, the council extended a $300,000 line of credit with Renasant Bank.

“We’ve had this for five years now,” McCoy said. “It’s something we have in case we ever need it, and we haven’t until now.”

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