Brundidge to upgrade water systems

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, January 20, 2016

After giving unanimous consent, the Brundidge City Council voted Monday afternoon to approve an ordinance that would allow the city to accept a $2.2 million loan from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund.

Britt Thomas, Brundidge city manager, said the funds will be used to upgrade the city’s wastewater treatment facilities and pumping stations.

The loan interest rate will be at 2.2 percent following the 1.45 capitalized interest period, which ends Oct. 15, 2016.

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Thomas said at that rate, the 20-year loan is a good deal for the city. The loan will be repaid with existing income and will not require an increase in rates in the water department.

Thomas said the city was able to delay maintenance in some areas of the wastewater treatment facilities in anticipation of the loan. That maintenance now will be included in the upgrades to the wastewater treatment facilities financed through the loan.

Brundidge Mayor Jimmy Ramage said acceptance of the loan was good business.

“So, today was a good day for Brundidge residents,” Ramage said.

In other business, the council discussed the Municipal Intercept Services program, which is offered through the League of Municipalities and the city’s opportunity to participate in the program.

Thomas said Municipal Intercept Services is a new program that began in December 2015, which will allow the League to provide services for the collection of outstanding funds due to the city.

“These outstanding funds could be from unpaid utility bills, from liens on property or even overdue library books or materials,” he said.

The outstanding funds must be in an amount of $25 or more and could be recovered from an individual’s income tax refund with a portion of the recovered funds going to Municipal Intercept Services.

Ramage said he talked with Pike County High School Principal Willie Wright and Pike County Superintendent of Education Mark Bazzell and both said the city’s recreation program is attracting a large number of participants.

Ramage expressed appreciation for the program’s leadership.

“The recreation program is bringing in a lot more kids and that’s what we want,” he said.

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