The town of Morris is moving forward on a big new subdivision.

On Tuesday, the town council rezoned two parcels of land near the Burkett Center for the Multi-handicapped (formerly Mortimer Jordan High School) from agricultural (A1) to a planned unit district (RP).

The site is just off of U.S. Hwy. 31. One parcel is almost 20 acres, the other is just over 24 acres.

The developer, Riverwood Construction, plans to build 95-100 houses, according to Mayor Joe Pylant.

The council also voted to install a fire hydrant at the site.

Riverwood Construction is also getting involved in the community in another way.

The town council approved sending seven firefighters to the Alabama Fire College Oct. 19-21 to get re-certified. The motion was approved on the condition that the city had enough funds to send the firefighters; the cost is $200.

David Null, co-owner of Riverwood Construction, stood during the meeting and said his company would pay to send the firefighters; Pylant and Fire Chief Rocky Bell said they were grateful for the donation.

Also during the meeting, the town council approved a bid from Singletary Plumbing to install sewer pipe in the town.

The bid from Singletary Plumbing was the only one submitted for a sewer project in the town, according to Pylant. The town council accepted the company’s bid of $44,247.70 to install the pipe.

The project will be an extension of a privately-owned sewer system in Morris owned by Southwest Water Company. New businesses that will possibly connect to the sewer include Payless Drugs, Wilson Family Dentistry and Morris Town Hall, according to Pylant.

Pylant said he had no reservations about accepting the bid, despite the fact that Morris residents have had trouble getting other work completed by the owner of the company.

Residents at the Overbrook Highlands subdivision in Morris had battled Clint Singletary, the owner of Singletary Plumbing, for more than five years to finish paving the subdivision.

Some of the residents attended numerous council meetings to ask for help in getting the streets paved. The town’s influence was limited, however, because it did not require Singletary to have a bond when he started the paving job.

The city has since passed an ordinance requiring that individuals and crews be bonded when they do work in Morris.

Pylant, however, did talk to Singletary several times, trying to get the project finished.

Overbrook Highlands residents notified The North Jefferson News last week that Singletary finally finished paving the subdivision on Aug. 21.

“He said he would get it done this year, and he did. He’s never lied to me. Everything he said he was going to do, he has done. I’ve got a good rapport with him,” Pylant said. “I told (the residents) I would help them get the paving done, and I was true to my word.”

Pylant said at least one minor repair still needs to be completed at the Overbrook Highlands subdivision; he said the city of Morris will take over maintenance of the streets when that repair is made.

The council approved Singletary’s bid on the condition that it meets with the project engineer’s specifications.

Pylant said the $44,247.40 will be split and paid for by businesses that connect to the new portion.

Councilman Phillip Dillard voted against accepting the bid.

In other business, the council:

  • accepted a bid of $1,656.12 from Greg Burnham to replace the windows at the Kimberly Senior Center
  • made Old Stouts Road a two-way street instead of a one-way street from Reno Drive to Glenwood Road and changed the speed limit from 25 mph to 15 mph, effective when the town prints a legal notice and changes the speed limit signs
  • approved spending $450 for tires for a police vehicle
  • approved spending about $1,000 for police uniforms for five full-time officers, to be paid from the forfeiture fund
  • approved spending $880 for medical supplies for the fire department and $24 for white paint for fire hydrants
  • • tabled a request from the fire department for seven sets of turnout gear
  • heard that the fire department did not get a FEMA grant for which it had applied. Pylant said the only funding for the department comes from grants, donations and fund-raisers. The department can not collect fire dues because it is not a district. He said the department will gladly accept any donations from the community.

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