The Gardendale City Council has put the brakes on an Odum Road speed reduction.

On Monday, the city council tabled an ordinance that would reduce the speed limit on a half-mile portion of Odum Road south of Wal-Mart.

Public Works Director Jeff Holliyan said the city has a new brush recycling site in the area; he said the city had considered slowing down traffic there because large trucks will be traveling frequently to and from the site.

The council earlier this month heard the first reading of the ordinance, but decided on Monday to study the issue further before changing the speed limit.

Council members said the police department will put a digital speed detection sign there for now in order to monitor speed.

Also during the meeting, the city council awarded a bid for improvements to U.S. Highway 31 in order to accommodate a Tractor Supply Company store that is under construction across from Gardendale Baptist Tabernacle.

The city council awarded the $225,975 bid to Forestry Environmental. The job includes adding an access lane and turn lane onto the highway.

Council President Stan Hogeland said the city will pay $100,000 of the cost, with Tractor Supply paying the rest.

In other business, the council:

• authorized Mayor Othell Phillips to enter into a purchase agreement for property at 531 Tarrant Road and 516 Sue Ellen Drive for $195,000. Hogeland said the site is for a future fire station. He added that the funds will be taken from the 1-cent sales tax the city enacted, or possibly from a line of credit if necessary

• annexed 399 Hickory Road

• promoted Paul Tidwell to assistant director in the Public Works Department

• hired Derrick Robinson as a public safety dispatcher

• promoted David Andrew to supervisor in the Public Works Department

• heard the first reading of an ordinance to declare 4637 Newfound Road as not needed for municipal use and authorizing it for sale.

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