Brundidge sets budget hearing

Published 9:35 pm Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Working from a short agenda Tuesday afternoon, the Brundidge City Council reversed a decision and allowed a resident to bring the house on his property up to code and set a budget hearing workshop for Sept. 28.

City Manager Britt Thomas said that, in compliance with a city ordinance, Sam Green had agreed to take down a dilapidated house on his property on Galloway Road. However, Green requested Tuesday that the council allow him to use his own funds to bring the house up to code.

“Mr. Green had changed his mind and wanted to bring the house up to code rather than take it down,” Thomas said. “The council voted to reverse its first decision that required that the house come down.”

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The council also set a budget-hearing workshop for 4 p.m. Tuesday at Brundidge City Hall.

“A balanced budget is just good government,” Thomas said. “We review the budget every 30 days. But, because of the times, we don’t have any capital items and aren’t scrounging for funds so we should have a budget ready for consideration on Oct. 5.”

Thomas said the city is waiting to hear from a USDA grant application that would give the city funds to furnish the addition to the Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library.

“The grant is for $126,000 but we haven’t heard one way or the other,” Thomas said. “As far as we know, no cities have heard as to whether their grant applications were denied or approved.”

Thomas said the city is looking forward to participating in the Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel’s Great Alabama Homecoming and Year of the Small Town Down Town events.

“Our Homecoming and Small Town Downtown celebration will be held in conjunction with the annual Peanut Butter Festival in downtown Brundidge on Saturday, Oct. 30,” Thomas said. “As part of the celebration, we’ll have the dedication of a special marker provided by the state tourism department in recognition of the city’s participation in the statewide Homecoming promotion.”