Park faces litter issues

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A drive-by dumping over the weekend left Galloway Park in Brundidge littered to the point of complaints by residents in the area.

Brundidge City Manager Britt Thomas told the Brundidge City Council members Tuesday that Council Member Arthur Lee Griffin approached him about the litter in the park.

“We have a lot going on at Galloway Park, but the cameras that we have in the area showed the littering was not done by those using the park,” Thomas said. “A bronze pick-up truck was caught on camera dumping garbage in the dumpster. When the dumpster could not be closed, people just left their garbage bags beside the dumpster, and over night, dogs got in the bags and that was the cause of the litter.”

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Thomas said he contacted Mark Dunning Industries to find out how often the dumpster was serviced and learned that it was emptied once a week.

“The city requested that the dumpster be emptied twice a week, and hopefully that will alleviate any problems like the one that occurred over the weekend.”

Thomas said it’s possible that those who are using the dumpster at Galloway Park are not residents and are coming into town to dump their trash.

The cameras could provide law enforcement with images necessary to identify those who are dumping illegally.

Brundidge Station, which houses the Robert E. Barr Nutrition Center, will receive cosmetic improvements in the way of a floor-lift beginning Monday.

Thomas said the floors of Brundidge Station were originally stained with an acid compound much of which has worn off with use.

The floors need to be redone, Thomas said, in presenting a cost estimate by the contractor who is doing similar work at Williams Chapel United Methodist Church.

“The floors are not in good shape, and what the contractor recommended is an expensive product, Vibra-Stain,” Thomas said. “However, it’s permanent and will greatly improve the looks of Brundidge Station.”

The cost of the new stain for the 5,000-square-foot building would be $11,500. The council voted to award the contract to Manny Hernanbev of Dothan.

Thomas said Brundidge Station is rented often, and there have been complaints about the television and computers being used by the renters.

Thomas suggested purchasing a new television and placing it in a roll-away cabinet so it can be stored when the nutrition center is closed.

The council voted in favor of the new television and agreed it should be stored, along with the computers during the time the nutrition center is not in operation.

In other business, Terry Casey was re-appointed to represent Brundidge on the Board of Equalization.

Thomas also reviewed the city’s financials through May with the council and with the assurance that the city’s budget is tracking well.

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.