Brundidge council reduces debt

Published 7:36 am Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Brundidge City Council voted Tuesday to use the $500,000 proceeds from the city’s Utility Fund Revenue Warrants to pay down on the North Industrial Park loan.

On May 15, 2016, the city purchased 222 acres of property adjacent to Southern Classic Food Group on the north side of town for potential industrial growth. The city paid $1.2 million for the property with financing by First National Bank at the rate of 2.75 percent for 10 years.

Brundidge City Manager Britt Thomas using the proceeds from the Utility Fund Revenue Warrants to pay down the loan will reduce the payments on the loan and maintain a cash flow within the city.

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The property was purchased from siblings, Jodi Klugel, Russell Regentine and Peggy Regentine, who inherited the land from their mother, Margaret Regentine.

At the time of the purchase, Brundidge Mayor Jimmy Ramage said the property is located on the main line of the CSX Railroad and will lower the number of competitors who are vying for industrial locations with rail access, making the property a prime site for future industrial growth.

In other business, the council passed a resolution to notify the Secretary of State of a change in the type of voting machines used by the city. The resolution makes it legal for the city to use Pike County’s new electronic voting machines, which will be used in future elections by the City of Brundidge.

The council reviewed also the bids for the 2016 sewer project but took no action.

Brundidge Police Chief Moses Davenport gave a department report to the council and Council Member Margaret Ross questioned why no tickets were written for the 72 traffic stops logged.

Davenport said tickets were written and the zero number was incorrect. He said many of the traffic stops are for missing headlights and for speed warnings.

Council Member Cynthia Pearson said the city has an ordinance that disallows the throwing of candy from moving vehicles in city parades.

“Candy was thrown from several of the vehicles in the Christmas Parade and a child was almost hit by a car,” Pearson said. “We must enforce the ordinance for the protection of our children.”

Thomas said his suggestion is to have a designated person go to each entry in any city parade and make that person aware that, if candy is thrown from his or her vehicle, a warrant will be signed and an arrest will be made.

Although the council was visibly in agreement, no action was taken.