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City moves step closer to improving water system
Members of the Carbon Hill City Council took another step forward during Thursday night’s meeting to help improve the city’s water system. Council members voted to authorize Mayor James “Pee Wee” Richardson to sign a resolution allowing Centerline Contracting, Inc. to be the company in charge of constructing the water improvements to the city’s 93-year-old cast-iron water pipes. The city council and utilities board applied for a $350,000 Community Development Block grant in August 2013 to improve the town’s water system. Carbon Hill was one of numerous cities across the state to receive the grant. In previous meetings, grant writer Terry Acuff of Community Consultants said the city’s utilities board will match the grant by contributing $38,000. The grant will help to replace water lines on 6th and 8th avenues and 2nd Way NW.
Council, water board in dispute over money
The chairman of the Cordova Water and Gas Board asked the City Council Tuesday night for over $164,000 in insurance proceeds that the city received after the April 2011 tornadoes. Jack Drummond said the board needs the funds to cover the cost of several pressing projects, including the repair of two water tanks and the replacement of water and gas lines that are made of outdated materials. The figure that Drummond requested, $164,175.31, represents the amount the city was awarded for two buildings owned by the Water and Gas Board.The money is currently part of a certificate of deposit that was established in August 2011 with most of the initial $1.06 million insurance payout for properties that had been destroyed in the April storms.
Suspect in murder back in county jail
Johnny Lynn Cordell, 46, of Dora, was returned to the Walker County Jail on Thursday morning, where he is being held without bond, according to Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair. Cordell was extradited from Las Vegas, Nevada, where U.S. Marshals apprehended him in mid-July. Cordell was originally arrested in January after he allegedly shot Sherman Willis inside Willis' Jasper home. Willis died en route to the hospital following the shooting.