MOODY — The City Council on Monday formally approved a resolution that will allow the city to apply for grant money to improve the road near the new Love’s Travel Stop.
The council gave unanimous consent to the resolution, in which the city formally requests $200,000 from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs through a federally funded Community Development Block Grant program. If the city receives the funds, it would cover roughly half of the necessary road improvements; the remaining funds would come from Moody, St. Clair County and Love’s.
“These are road improvements required to facilitate job growth in the city,” said Terry Acuff, a grant consultant for Community Consultants, during a public hearing. “Love’s is committed to creating 70 new jobs. In addition, the road will benefit the entire community if it is improved.”
The city, along with the St. Clair County Commission, officially approved a development agreement to bring the center to Exit 147 (Brompton) in December, two weeks after approving a similar agreement to bring a Valero center to the same exit. On Tuesday, city officials officially announced the groundbreaking for Love’s, which will take place Feb. 21 at 3 p.m.
In other business, the council:
• Approved $2,285 for the Doris L. Stanley Memorial Library’s annual contract for Atrium Circulation System. The council also approved $1,000 for summer reading expenses.
• Approved $2,500 for ammunition for the police department’s yearly qualifying.
• Approved $408.08 for repair to a Gradeall.
• Authorized Councilman Jeff Green to research purchase of a new projector for the city’s multi-purpose room at City Hall, with cost not to exceed $850. The council also authorized Green to conduct similar research for a wireless microphone, with cost not to exceed $300.
• Authorized Fire Chief Joe Nobles to hire one part-time employee for the fire department.
• Approved the minutes of the Jan. 28 regular meeting.