City Council recesses, discuss ordinances

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Brundidge City Council worked from a four-item agenda at its Tuesday meeting and then recessed until 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29.

The recess was necessary in order for the council to consider an ordinance to authorize the sale of bonds.

City Manager Britt Thomas said additional information was needed before voting on the ordinance.

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The council considered a contractual agreement between Sensus USA and the City of Brundidge.

The city purchased water meters from Sensus that became operational in September 2014. However, Thomas said there was an issue with the water meters and an inordinate number of the meters had to be replaced.

“It was determined that there was a manufacturing defect in the meters,” Thomas said. “Sensus has offered to change out all of the meters that the city purchased. The new meters will be installed by a third party contractor at no cost to the city.”

Thomas said he, the city attorney and city water department are in agreement that the deal is a good one for the city.

“We are all satisfied that it’s a good deal,” Thomas said. “The city will get brand new water meters in 2016 and that will extend our warranty.  So it is a good deal.”

The council voted to accept the contractual agreement with Sensus and gave the mayor its approval to execute the agreement.

The council considered a resolution to amend its contract for wholesale power service between the City of Brundidge and PowerSouth.

The council voted to extend the contract by five years through 2055. The contract includes an Evergreen Provision, which would allow the city to opt out of the contract when its current contract expires, which would be 2050.

However, Thomas said Brundidge is PowerSouth member city and enjoys comparatively low rates.

Council Member Margaret Ross asked that the parking spaces in front of the post office be designated “Post Office parking only” and inquired about the possibility of purchasing a street sweeper to aid in keeping the city’s streets clean.