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Brundidge council sets holidays

The Brundidge City Council worked from a two-item agenda on Election Day that included the city holiday schedule and a review of the September financials.

The council approved a holiday schedule that gave city employees nine holidays, New Year’s Day, King/Lee holiday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and employee’s birthday.

City Manager Britt Thomas said that the council could grant extra holiday time on Thanksgiving and Christmas so the council voted Nov. 25 and 26 as holidays and a half day on Dec. 23 and Dec. 24 as holidays.

Thomas reported on the city’s financial status at the close of FY 2010 and said the city had done well in difficult economic times.

“We’ve had things that have impacted our budget negatively and positively,” he said. “Sales taxes were down, ad valorem taxes were down, excise taxes were down but the funds the city received from Southeast Alabama Gas were three times what they had been.”

Thomas said the city only spent 95 percent of what had been budgeted for FY 2010.

“We made budget for the year and for this day and time, that’s good,” he said.

Thomas brought to the council’s attention the outstanding attendance at the Peanut Butter Festival on Saturday and said that 40 90-gallon containers of trash plus the vendor trash bags were evidence of the large crowd that packed the town from early morning until late afternoon.

“There was probably a ton of trash,” Thomas said. “But the city crew did a great job and Sunday morning, you couldn’t tell there had ever been a festival.”

Councilman Lawrence Bowden, who is the president of the sponsoring Brundidge Historical Society, expressed his appreciation to the city for its support and assistance. “It takes a lot of us working together to make the Peanut Butter Festival a success,” he said. “We couldn’t do it without the city and I want to thank everyone who worked so hard to make this year’s festival a success.”

Council Member Cynthia Pearson said the Fall Festival on the grounds of the Bass House on Thursday night was also a big success and expressed appreciation to all the merchants and organizations that participated.

Mayor Jimmy Ramage said he appreciates the way the citizens of Brundidge come together to bring family events to the city. “Wew’re looking forward to the holiday season, which the city will kick off with the Brundidge Business Association’s annual parade and Christmas lighting ceremony on Nov. 30,” Ramage said.