Brundidge Council mulls $1.9 million utility upgradesPublished 10:13pm Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Brundidge City Council members were given some food for thought and went home to mull over the $1.9 million potential price tag for needed and almost necessary improvements to the city’s wastewater treatment facility, sewer lines and pumping stations.
Max Mobley with Polyengineers in Dothan gave the council a report on the wastewater infrastructure. He outlined the “serious needs” related to the infrastructure.
Mobley said the system has been in existence since 1978-79 and the load on the system has continually increased. The improvements are needed to accommodate the current industrial waste increases and future loads.
Mobley said recent problems with the system were due to an unusual amount of rainfall, obstructions in the sewer lines. Also, a lot of flow along the lines has heightened the need for the improvements.
The council was not asked to make a decision based on Mobley’s report but to seriously consider making a decision not too far down the road.
Desiree Pickett, a resident of 138 6th Avenue in Brundidge, addressed the Council with concerns about a standing water problem on her property. Pickett said the water has been standing for about a month and has a black, oily film and emits an offensive odor. She said she believes the standing water presents health and environmental concerns and asked for the council to look into the problem.
Dr. Linguiti attended the meeting to introduce Rachel Wagner, the nurse practitioner who has joined his office staff in Brundidge.
Two members of the Brundidge City Council, Arthur Lee Griffin and Cynthia Pearson were honored at the annual meeting of the Alabama League of Municipalities in Mobile in May for their longtime service to their community. They were presented recognition plaques at the Tuesday meeting.
Both Griffin and Pearson have served for 22 years. Each said the city’s ability to come back from industrial adversity and continue to find ways to provide jobs for the city’s citizens and area residents is the one accomplishment for which they are most proud.
The council accepted the city annual water report as presented by City Manger Britt Thomas.