Brundidge extends budget

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Brundidge City Council agreed Tuesday to continue to operate under the FY2015 budget until a new one can be adopted.

Mayor Jimmy Ramage said the current budget has been amended several times as situations required. The council agreed to continue operating under the current budget until the FY2016 budget is approved.

City Manager Britt Thomas also discussed the possibility that the council might want to participate in health insurance for elected officials. However, he suggested that more information should be obtained before any decisions by the individual council members are made. The council will discussed health insurance for elected officials at its next meeting.

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Thomas said city’s TAP project has been sent to Montgomery for review and should be back within four to six weeks. At that time, the city will be ready to bid its sidewalk project that will construct sidewalks on S.A. Graham Boulevard and Galloway Road.

The city park remediation plan has been submitted to the Department of Interior in Atlanta by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA). The plans are to remediate the park on Dickert Circle that was closed several years ago. The remediation plans include a walking trail and picnic tables at the city park on South Main Street.

Verizon representative David Andrews said the Brundidge City Council approved a special use permit on Jan. 6, 2015, for Verizon Wireless to modify the equipment on a existing tower at 7377 U.S. Highway 231 South in Brundidge. The special use permit expired on April 6, 2015.

Anderson said Verizon was requesting an extension for the modification on the existing facility to provide wireless service essentially within the corporate limits and police jurisdiction of the city.

Gov. Robert Bentley will be in Brundidge to tour Southern Classic Foods on Thursday. Following the tour, the governor will make an announcement possibly concerning industrial development within the city.

Pike County High School is celebrating Homecoming this week. A community pep rally will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday in the school’s gymnasium. The Homecoming parade will be at 2:15 Friday and will follow a Main Street route.