Community thanks council

Published 4:00 am Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Brundidge City Council welcomed Pike County Elementary School Vice Principal Shantell Rouse, Central Alabama Crime Stoppers Executive Director Tony Garrett and Thornton Farish Representative Scott Bamman to their Tuesday meeting.

Rouse reported on the Summer School Program at PCES and said that 85 students registered for the summer school and enrichment program.

“With the support of the City of Brundidge, we were able to, not only, offer math and reading at the summer school but also the fine arts,” Rouse said. “What concerns me is that many students who need the summer program are unable to participate because of the lack of transportation.”

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Rouse expressed appreciation to the Brundidge City Council for its support of the summer school program and expressed hope that in the future, field trips in and outside of the county will be offered as enrichment activities for the students.

Garrett said the Brundidge Police Department and Central Alabama Crime Stoppers are working together to solve crimes in the city and expressed appreciation to the city for its partnership with Crime Stoppers.

Ninety-nine percent of the arrests that result from information provided to Crime Stoppers are found guilty, Garrett said.

“Crime Stoppers has a 24-hour call center 365 days a year,” he said. “Crime Stoppers also trains school resource officers and offers monetary reward to students who report those who have weapons on campus.”

Bamman told the council that he appreciates the opportunity to work for the city on its $6 million bond issue. He said his plan is to shorten the payback time by two years from 2032 to 2030 thus saving the city about $70,000 a year.

The Council considered a FY2015 budget amendment to include $1.1 million for the North Industrial Park, $57,000 for Brundidge Industrial Board and $40,000 for a police vehicle.

The council also approved a budget item of $6,000 annually for its partnership with Central Alabama Crime Stoppers.

In final business, the council approved the request for an application from the ABC Board for a special retail (special events) license for Collier’s on Main.

Present for the meeting were Council members, Betty Baxter, Arthur Lee Griffin, Margaret Ross and Cynthia Pearson. Council member Steven Coleman did not attend. Mayor Jimmy Ramage was also present.

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