May 21, 2014 10:34:50 AM
VERNON, Ala. -- The Vernon City Complex will be a bit more colorful in a few weeks.
Monday, the Vernon City Council approved plans to renovate the grounds and exterior of city hall, which will include new flowers, signage and handrails.
Councilwoman Cathy Wharton presented the council with maps and rough drafts, including cost projections for new shades and chairs for the auditorium.
The staff of the Vernon library will begin the work within the next week, Mayor Glenn Crawford said.
Crawford said the project will cost between $5,000 and $6,000.
The City Complex will have to wait for renovations inside, though. The former school building has five rooms that haven't been remodeled, and any work would require the city to bid-out the jobs, Crawford said. Crawford wasn't sure when work could begin on the rooms but did note the space would be used by the city's senior citizens.
In other action:
■ The council voted to not renew a contract for cleanup of the city's cemeteries, Vernon City Cemetery and Memorial Gardens. City employees will handle cleanup, saving the city $6,000 annually.
■ Heard an update on drainage repairs to Highway 18 from Councilman Robert Covington, who said the intersection near City Hall should be relieved of three-inch deep water during heavy rains once sod is laid this week.
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