North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

June 4, 2014

Gardendale reaches settlement over Public Safety Center problems

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

GARDENDALE — City leaders have reached a financial settlement with four companies involved in turning Gardendale’s former Food World building into the new Public Safety Center.

The $100,000 settlement was reached through arbitration, according to Council President Stan Hogeland. “It’s meant to cover some problems we had with the building,” he said.

The settlement will be paid by Ferguson and Associates, an architectural firm from Mississippi; Murray Building Co. of Birmingham; Edmonds Engineering of Hoover; and Mountain Heating & Cooling, Inc., located in Pelham.

The settlement was approved in Monday night’s regular council session. Hogeland did not specify the problems involved with the building.

The council also voted to toss out all of the bids received for the city’s garbage pickup service, because of what Hogeland called “inconsistencies in the specifications.”

Hogeland said the specs will be fixed and bids solicited again soon.

In other business, the council:

• promoted three firefighters to lieutenant and four others to apparatus operators, as a result of Gardendale Fire and Rescue’s new station

• annexed three homes on Violet Drive

• awarded bids for repair and renovations to the city’s Lighthouse and Rock House properties

• rezoned part of a parcel on Beasley Road, and also a parcel on New Castle Road.