Brundidge council pleased with rising revenues

Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Brundidge City Council heard the good news Tuesday that general fund revenues for the current budget report were up 15 percent from the budgeted amount.

However, expenses were also up by 10 percent but all in all, Linda Faust, City administrative assistant, said the City is in sound financial condition.

The Council worked from a short agenda that included a report by Pike County High School Principal Willie Wright on the City’s recreation program, which is contracted to the Pike County Board of Education.

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Wright told the Council that the recreation program has been running with very few bumps along the way.

Wright said the summer baseball program was successful in all age groups and favorable comments were made on the association level.

“The only hiccup that we had was with the eight-year-old girls’ team, where there was a lack of consistency,” he said. “The fall football program was also a success with the nine- and 10-year-old team winning the Super Bowl.”

Wright said his hope is to get more dedicated volunteer football coaches and coaches who understand the purpose of youth sports.

“It’s important that we train the kids and teach them the game,” he said. “That’s most important.”

Wright said the recreation program is gearing up for basketball season and plans are for Brundidge to participate in some way with the Troy Recreation Department’s youth basketball program.

“What I would like is for the Troy teams to come to Brundidge to play a game or two,” Wright said. “Eventually, I would like for us to be able to play here in Brundidge and not have to travel. But, when we do travel for whatever sport, we want to keep it within about 30 miles.”

Wright said special emphasis will be placed on girls’ softball in the coming months.

“We’ve gotten far behind and we’ve got a lot work to do to catch up,” he said. “But our goal is to produce good products and give our kids opportunities to be successful. We are dedicated to doing things the right way.”

Wright expressed his appreciation to the Council for its support and said that his door is always open for the Council and the community.

The Council reviewed the City’s holiday policies, which give City employees Thanksgiving Day and the day following as holidays. Christmas holidays are a half-day on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The Council was reminded of the Community Thanksgiving Service at Brundidge United Methodist Church on Tuesday, the Christmas Parade on Dec. 3 and the Chili Country Christmas event at the We Piddle Around Theater on Dec. 5 and 6.

The Council’s revised its December meeting times. The Council will meet at 5 p.m. on Dec. 3 and 1 p.m. on Dec. 17.