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Calera Council gets look at new housing plans

By Zach Maxwell Staff Reporter

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CALERA - City officials got a first-hand look at plans for a 96-unit apartment complex on Tuesday which could be ready for residents by the summer of 2014.


Developer Brent Cook presented the plans and drawings to Calera Town Council at their regular meeting on Tuesday. He also discussed infrastructure issues in preparation for construction of “River Rock” apartments on the north side of the town in the Ridgecrest Addition.


“Hopefully within 45 days we’ll start moving dirt,” Cook said. After that, he estimated a five-month construction period before families could take residence in the efficiency, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units.


On Point Construction out of Moore will build the units. Cook discussed water, sewer and garbage service as well as fire safety with city officials at the meeting. Builders will also need to install four feet of fill dirt on the site due to the potential for flooding.


In other business, the city received a glowing report from its auditor, which included an “unqualified” opinion - the best available on an audit.


“We have adequate controls in place and good people doing their jobs,” said Autumn Williams of auditors Collier, Fox & Associates. “That’s what we like to see.”


She said the city had met its debt ratios for the previous fiscal year and would not have to hike up various fees to meet a shortfall as has been done in years past.


In activities from Calera Police Department, the council approved a stop sign at Bryan and B streets, and also approved a grant which will fund two camera systems to be installed in CPD vehicles.


CPD Chief Don Hyde reported the acquisition of a pair of grants totaling $84,000, one from the Violence Against Women Act which will fully fund a police officer salary in the department.

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