Ala. Hwy. 10 to be resurfaced

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Brundidge City Council worked from a one-item agenda Tuesday afternoon and approved a resolution, which is an ALDOT Municipal agreement to resurface State Highway 10 from U.S. 231 (Hardee’s) to east of Troy Terrace in Brundidge.

Britt Thomas, city manager, said the resurfacing project will probably begin around July and city businesses could benefit from having construction workers in the downtown area.

Thomas reported good news regarding sale tax revenue within the city during 2014.

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“Sales tax increased 6 percent, from $431,889 in 2013 to $458,486 in 2014,” Thomas told the council. “That is good news, especially on the heels of a 6 percent increase in sales tax in 2013. That’s a 12 percent increase in sales tax in two years and that’s real positive growth.”

Thomas said the increase in sales tax could be attributed, in part, to new businesses on both the highway and in the downtown area.

There will be more growth potential in the city’s industrial park on the north side of town once all of the preliminary work is completed that is necessary for the city’s Industrial Development Board to purchase 223 acres for inclusion in the park.

Thomas said the Alabama Historical Commission has requested a cultural resource assessment of the property, and that must be completed before the sale of the property can be finalized.

The council recognized the recent accomplishment of Linda Faust, the city’s administrative assistant.

Faust has earned the designation of Master Municipal Clerk, which is awarded by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC).

Thomas said the IIMC grants the MMC designation only to municipal clerks who complete demanding education requirements and who have a record of significant contributions to their government, their community and state.

“This is a very prestigious designation and required 120 hours on the university level,” Thomas said. “Linda has dedicated 40 hours a year to achieving the MMC designation and she is to be commended.”

Brenda Kay Young, IIMC president, said, in light of the speed and drastic nature of change these days, lifelong learning is not only desirable, it is necessary for all in local government to keep pace with growing demands and changing needs of the citizens they serve.

Mayor Jimmy Ramage said he and the council members take pride in Faust’s educational accomplishments and her milestone achievement.

The Brundidge City Council meets at 4 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of the month at Brundidge City Hall. The meetings are open to the public.