Story from The Daily Mountain Eagle
CORDOVA — The Cullman-based company that oversaw the demolition of downtown Cordova last spring will also be in Piggly Wigglycharge of preparing the site for the city’s new grocery store.
The Cordova City Council awarded the contract to Civicon, LLC Tuesday night. Civicon’s bid of $281,125.60 was the lowest in a field of 10 firms who submitted bids for the project last month.
Long-term recovery manager Steve Ostaseski said work should begin at the site in 10 days, and Civicon will have 90 days to complete the job.
The contractor, which has yet to be named, will have 200 days to build the store.
“We still have some background work to do,” Ostaseski said.
PTI Inc. is in line for the job with a low bid of $1,005,000.
Ostaseski said that he and Mayor Drew Gilbert will also be meeting with architects this week about the new City Hall and police station, a project funded through a $3.7 million federal grant.
Bids are expected to go out in May. As part of the grant agreement, the city must complete the project in two years or risk losing funding.
In other action, the council
• declared four properties to be public nuisances. The property owners will receive a courtesy letter from the city and a public hearing will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m.
Nine local property owners received similar letters in December in the city’s first round of nuisance abatement.
• approved a retail alcohol license for BP FoodMart, making it the second establishment to sell alcohol since a wet-dry referendum held in May. The council approved an alcohol license for Sheri’s One Stop on Dec. 10.
• raised the pay for magistrate Roger Moore’s from $13.50 to $14 an hour. Moore, a former police officer, was appointed to the position last January and completed the Municipal Magistrates’ Certification Program in September.
• declared a 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche and a 1992 Honda Accord seized by the Cordova Police Department to be surplus property. Proceeds from the sale of the vehicle will be given to the police department.
• hired Austin Moore to work part time for the street and sanitation department. Moore has been working for the city on a contractual basis for several months.
• learned that a property on School Street is being looked at as a possible site for the city’s new fire department. The department recently moved back into the old fire station, which was damaged in the April 2011 tornadoes.
• were told that construction of a community shelter on East Columbus Street should begin soon.
• were made aware of a community service project that will be held at Disney Lake on Monday, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. The Alabama Power Foundation’s Good Roots program has purchased five Bald Cypress trees to be planted. Other organizations participating in the event are the Alabama Forestry Commission, the Arley Veterans of Foreign Wars, Hands On Birmingham and the Alabama Power Service Organization.
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History of Cordova
Cordova was originally a settlement on the Mulberry Fork of the Black Warrior River called "Dent" or "Dent's Place." The city was dubbed "Cordova" by Captain Benjamin M. Long in 1859.
He named the city after a city in Mexico in which he was stationed during the Mexican War. Long himself opened a mercantile shop in the city and helped lure other industries into the city by providing the land necessary for their operations. The company that had the biggest impact on the City was Nashua Manufacturing Company out of Nashua, New Hampshire, who brought in the Indian Head Textile Mills.
The mill brought with it many jobs, and as was customary of the day its own village. The company built over 100 houses in the city, many of which are still standing, and occupied today. The company even built the Indian Head school on the site of present day "Cordova Health and Rehabilitation Center."
The mill helped to bring two major railways to the city, which at the time helped connect the city to much of the surrounding area. The mill eventually became its own "town" and even had its own separate police force. The same way the mill shaped the city around the turn of the 20th century it also shaped it upon its closing in the middle of the century.
With access to the Gulf of Mexico via the Warrior and Alabama Rivers, two major railways (Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Norfolk Southern), Interstate 22, and the recent addition of BAE Systems, the city is hoping for economic growth. Gilchrist House, located near Cordova, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,423 people, 1,009 households, and 665 families residing in the city. The population density was 411.0 people per square mile (158.6/km2). There were 1,180 housing units at an average density of 200.2 per square mile (77.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 85.60% White, 13.25% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.04% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.29% from other races, and 0.58% from two or more races. 0.91% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 1,009 households out of which 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.3% were married couples living together, 18.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.0% were non-families. 31.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.84.
In the city the population was spread out with 23.2% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 24.4% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 23.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 79.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $17,389, and the median income for a family was $24,896. Males had a median income of $32,353 versus $19,549 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,489. About 25.6% of families and 26.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.4% of those under age 18 and 14.9% of those age 65 or over.
Long Range Recovery Plan for Cordova, Alabama
2510 Highway 78, Sumiton, Al 35148
Phone - 205-255-0202
East Walker Chamber of Commerce meets the second Tuesday of each month at noon at Lees Family Restaurant on Highway 78 in Sumiton.