Brundidge looking to buy land

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The City of Brundidge is moving closer to the purchase of property that will make the city more attractive to future industry.

Brundidge City Manager Britt Thomas told the city council Tuesday that the Brundidge Industrial Development Board will post notice for the purchase of 223 acres adjacent to the Southern Classic Foods property on the north side of town.  The cost of the property is $1.2 million and is owned by two sisters and a brother, Jody Klugel and Peggy and Russell Regentine.

Thomas said the city has a prospect for the property and hopes to close on the property by the second week in March.

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The council met in short order Tuesday with only two items on the agenda.

The council discussed the appointment of a city prosecutor to replace Attorney Joe Faulk who retired at the end of December.

Mayor Jimmy Ramage recommended the appointment of Steven Curtis, an attorney with Calhoun, Faulk & Curtis and Faircloth in Troy.  The council voted to accept Ramage’s recommendation.

In Brundidge Police Chief Moses Davenport’s report to the council, he said that domestic violence was up the city in 2014 by about 13 percent over the previous year. Davenport said the increase could be explained in part by the fact that more people are reporting domestic violence. Davenport said also that shoplifting continues to be a problem in the city but that businesses do not hesitate to sign warrants for shoplifting.

Davenport said the Brundidge Police Department is continuing to investigate the hit and run accident of Highway 231 Saturday night and the recent break-in at Fred’s Pharmacy on Main Street.