Brundidge to receive prorated share

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The City of Brundidge could receive as much as $250,000 from the bankruptcy estate of Transload America.

Brundidge City Manager Britt Thomas told city council members Tuesday that Brundidge is one of the unsecured creditors who will have a prorated share of $1.8 million.

The City of Brundidge recently claimed $2.2 million in the suit filed in the bankruptcy estate lawsuit.  However, the city agreed to accept a prorated share rather than go through what could be a lengthy and costly court process or chance of having the city’s claim thrown out.

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Thomas said the city’s prorated share could be less than $250,000 but should be somewhere close to that figure. The matter should be settled in 30 to 45 days.

The council voted to adopt the Brundidge Solid Waste Management Plan for a 10-year period. The plan is required by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.

The council voted in favor of the resolution giving the mayor and city manager the authority to proceed with the application for funds to upgrade the city’s wastewater treatment facilities. The cost of the project is estimated at $1.9 million at an interest rate of 2.5 percent over a 20-year period.

Max Mobley, Polyengineering, said the engineer agreement for the project will be lumped into one sum. However, the city is also applying for a Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $350,000. If that grant is awarded, Mobley said a second contract could be required if the $350,000 is excluded from the agreement.

Thomas reviewed the Municipal Water Pollution Report with the council. He said the city is permitted for the discharge of 600,000 gallons of wastewater per day into the wastewater treatment facility. At present, an average of 396,000 gallons of treated wastewater is discharged into Whitewater Creek per day.

Thomas said the city will be used as a guinea pig for a company that is testing a product designed to reduce the sludge in wastewater treatment facilities in a relatively short period of time.

Jennifer Amlong, children’s librarian at the Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library, gave a report on the summer library program.  Amlong said 162 children are register for the program and that’s up from 80-plus children who registered last year.

The summer library program will continue for four more weeks.

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