Roanoke City Council took action on Monday to replace a drain pipe causing problems on Bud Cummings Road.

The problem was addressed by Nick Johnson from the utilities board. Johnson explained an old metal drainage pipe underneath the road is having issues due to its age, and these issues have compromised the safety of the road, causing the city to close one lane.

Roanoke Utilities Board solicited bids from three companies to replace the drainage pipe and repair the potential issues in the roadway. Only one of the three companies, Guy Thompson Construction, returned a bid for the repair. The $9,400 repair cost was accepted by the council.

Councilwoman Tammi Holley noted in full disclosure to Roanoke citizens that while Johnson has a relative working for Guy Thompson Construction, the safety of the citizens is paramount and had the other two companies submitted timely bids then they would have also been considered.

Other business

In other news, City Clerk Pat Truitt outlined some of the conversation topics she and Councilman Mack Bell were a part of at the Legislative Advocacy Day in Montgomery. Topics included continuation of the grocery sales tax statewide, the Fireman's Cancer Policy, the new gas tax, a proposed state lottery and pre-K and mental health resources for schools in our state. Truitt noted the grocery sales tax is essential for the city of Roanoke's fiscal health, and the gas tax has generated more than $8,000 for the city since December. It is hoped the funds from the gas tax can eventually be used to help with paving some city roadways.

In the recreation center's report, Jerri Gabriel praised the youth basketball teams on a successful year and reminded everyone interested in youth baseball and softball to sign up by Friday, Feb. 28. She also noted three sets of football equipment remain outstanding despite repeated attempts to retrieve them. The mayor and city clerk agreed to bring this to the attention of the city attorney to attempt to regain possession of the equipment, valued at approximately $200 per set. Anyone with equipment belonging to the recreation department needs to return it immediately to avoid legal action.

Fisher offered congratulations to the Handley High School Lady Tigers basketball team for their hard work this season. The girls' basketball team made it to the playoffs in Montgomery after a stellar season, and Fisher commended the team and coaches for their hard work.

He also read a thank-you note from Cheaha Regional Library regarding a $2,500 donation made to the Bookmobile fund.

Bell offered a reminder for the Black History Parade on Saturday, Feb. 29, at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome, and if you or your organization would like to be added to the lineup, you may call either Bell or City Hall.

He also offered congratulations to Truitt for becoming a certified city clerk and for diligently serving the city of Roanoke.

A resolution passed to dispose of a 2011 Husqvarna-PZT-4822 zero turn lawnmower with 667 hours, as it is no longer needed for public or municipal purposes. The lawnmower is to be sold on GovDeals, per Fisher and Truitt.

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