Council considers rezoning

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Brundidge City Council held a public hearing prior to its regular meeting Tuesday to consider two rezoning requests.

The first request was for property at 373 7th Avenue to be rezoned from an R-3 multi-family residential to MHR mobile home residential. No one attended the hearing to speak in favor of or in opposition to the request. The Council tabled the request in order for time to acquire more information.

The second request was for property at 816 North Main Street to be rezoned from M-1 general residential to R-3 multi-family residential. Jamie Sanders, property owner, attended the meeting in support of the request. There was no opposition to the request and the Council voted in Sanders’ favor.

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Gina Maxwell, Pike County High School career coach, attended the meeting to inform the council about an important and exciting time at the school.

Nov. 3 through 7, PCHS will participate with other schools across the state in College Application Campaign Week.

“This is the first time that schools in the southern region of the state have participated and we are excited to be a part of this special week,” Maxwell said. “The College Application Campaign is an effort to get every high school senior to fill out at least one college application. It might be an application to a four-year college, a community college or a technical college. The campaign is designed to give every senior a chance to apply.”

Maxwell said a record will be kept as to how many applications were filled out, how many students were accepted and how many actually attended the college or technical school to which they applied.

Maxwell requested the assistance of the council members in helping students actually fill out the applications on Nov. 6 and 7.

If a teacher has a relative large number of students in the classroom, it would be helpful to have additional assistance as the students fill out the applications, Maxwell said.

“The students will have questions about the applications and, too, having people from the community come and assist lets the students know the community is behind them and wants them to move forward.”

The Council declared a 2002 Ford Explorer used in the police department surplus property.

Britt Thomas, city manager, said the 12-year-old vehicle does not run and will be placed for sale on

“The council has approved two new police cruisers but I’m not sure if Chief (Moses) Davenport has looked into the purchase of those vehicles,” Thomas said.

Thomas reviewed the August financials with the council and said the city’s financial condition continues to be good.

Thomas said the city is waiting to hear from two grants for which it has applied. One is a $10,000 energy grant and the other is a competitive grant for the city’s water and sewage project. That grant application is in the amount of $350,000 with the city’s match around $70,000.

Mayor Jimmy Ramage reminded the Council the 23rd Annual Peanut Butter Festival will officially open at 6 p.m. tonight with the Brush Arbor singing at the Knox Ryals Pavilion. The Peanut Butter Festival will be on the grounds of the historic Bass House from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday. The Nutter Butter Parade will be at 1 p.m.

The citywide Halloween Carnival will be Thursday, Oct. 30 and will feature inflatables and a 20-passenger train.