Brundidge budget on track through seventh month

Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Brundidge City Council worked from a short agenda Tuesday that included the consideration of budget amendments and a review of the July financials.

The city council approved amendments to the budget that included the movement of funds from the Brundidge Solid Waste Authority to the general fund and collection funds to the water department from the other utility departments to make the budget consistent with previous years.

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Britt Thomas, city manager, reviewed the city’s July financials and said that, other than the state shared gas tax and, to some extent, the sales and use taxes which dipped, the city was on budget through the seventh month of the year.

The council gave approval to the city manager to seek funding through an ATRIP (Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program) matching fund grant for the resurfacing of Veterans Boulevard, the old U.S. 231 Highway.

Thomas said the grant is an 80-20 match with the city picking up the 20 percent.

“The last time improvements were made to this section of the highway was in 1996 when Sen. Wendell Mitchell provided $88,000 in funding,” he said.

The council voted in favor of a Gold Star Mother’s Day proclamation, which would join the city with other cities across the nation in recognizing mothers who have lost a son or daughter in service to their country during wartime.

Councilman Vernon Jackson presented a check to the city in the amount of $8,500 from the Southeast Alabama Gas District.

Jackson is the council’s representative on the SEAGD board.

Jackson said the check represents the city’s share of the funds for fiscal year 2011-2012 from the Economic Development Enhancement Program.

The funds will be used for the continuation of economic development efforts and to promote the sale of natural gas provided by the District.