Local engineering firm joins Andy Park project – The Andalusia Star-News

Andalusia’s city council on Tuesday approved the hiring of a local engineering firm to help with a new park project.

CDG Engineers, which is currently working with the city on other projects, such as the renovation of the Prestwood Building, will be the engineering firm working alongside Concordia, a New Orleans architecture firm, on the development of what is currently called Heritage Park.

Representatives from Concordia presented a first draft proposal for the park in February. At that time, it was said that hiring an engineering firm would be one of the next steps to move the project forward.

“[Concordia] are architects. They design things and there will be buildings and structures in the park that they will design, but they also need an engineering firm to work with them on a project like this. This is the next thing we need to do to move towards building the park,” Mayor Earl Johnson said.

Part of CDG’s role will be to provide engineering and oversee the construction of the park.

CDG’s costs to join the project are $81,300, which will come from the city’s capital account, which was bolstered on Tuesday after other measures were approved by the council.

In what was described as a first for the city, council approved the transfer of $4 million from the general fund to the capital improvement account. With the transfer, city officials said the general fund still had a balance of about $2.5 million.

“This is a historic moment, in my opinion,” Mayor Johnson said. “This amount of money available for the city of Andalusia puts us in the best financial position in the history of our city.”

The mayor and council recognized the good financial health of the city to city employees.

“There are a lot of people to credit for that, but mainly our employees who work so hard to stretch every dollar to get the most out of it. Members of this council and our department heads work very hard to give our citizens the best value for money. For this reason, we are in a very strong position. This transfer is an acknowledgment of that effort,” Johnson added.

The board also discussed the following items.

  • The board has agreed to surplus a building currently leased to Triple H Specialty Company, which has expressed interest in purchasing the building. The lease agreement gave Triple H an option to purchase the building for $300,000, less the amount paid during the lease.
  • A bid from Opp’s S&P Communications to equip five new police vehicles has been approved. The work will include the installation of the communication system, lights, cages and other equipment at a cost of $46,380.
  • Tommy Agee was appointed to a vacancy on the town recreation board while Steve Bozeman was reappointed to the board.

The building located in the city’s industrial park began as a bespoke building.

“It’s the last of our spec buildings and it’s been a good investment for the city,” Dist said. 2 Councilman Kennith Mount.

Michael J. Chiaramonte