MUSCLE SHOALS — City Council members Monday approved the purchase of a new pump for the

MUSCLE SHOALS — City Council members Monday approved the purchase of a new pump for the Wilson Dam Road retention pond in an attempt to reduce the potential for flooding in the southeastern areas of the city. Mayor David Bradford said the pump is identical to a pump that is already in place at the retention pond near Roosevelt Avenue. The addition of a second pump will double the amount of water that can be pumped out of the pond during periods of heavy rain.  The city was able to bypass state bid laws because the identical pump is only sold by one vendor in the state, Bradford said. Bradford said the city had to show the project required a compatible pump that was available through only one source. City Clerk Ricky Williams said the project includes the purchase of controls that will operate two pumps.  “We also have a back-up pump that used to be a little primary pump when all we had was a floating pump,” Bradford said. Another part of the project involves increasing the size of the force main that removes water from the retention pond. The water is pumped to the retention pond at Brown and Sixth streets. City Engineer Brad Williams said there is an 8-inch pipe co...

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