Brundidge approves amendments, grants

Published 3:00 am Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Brundidge City Council met Tuesday with the main items on the agenda the consideration of amendments to the FY2016 budget and a FEMA grant to the Brundidge Fire Department.

Brundidge City Manager Britt Thomas discussed each budget item amendment with the council that included the General and Utility funds, the TAPS sidewalk project, the North Industrial Park, and the clean water/sewage project.

The council voted to amend the city’s FY 2016 budget with the total funds budgeted as: FY 2016 Budget, $15,860,969 and the FY2016 Budget Amended at $14,460,404.

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The council voted to accept a FEMA grant award in the amount of $124,000 for the city’s Volunteer Fire Department. The city’s match will be 5 percent or $5,904.

Thomas said the grant funds will be used to purchase protective gear, including air packs, for the Brundidge Volunteer Fire Department.

Thomas reported that the city has been contacted by the National Park Service (Department of Interior) regarding the city’s park remediation plans for Ramage Park. The remediation plans will replace the park on Dickert hill that was taken out of service.
Thomas said the plans were submitted to the National Park Service five years ago but the city has not received final approval of the plans. U.S Rep. Martha Roby’s office is working with the city in an effort to get final approval of the plans.

Thomas said the city has been notified that a response from the National Park Service should be forthcoming in about 30 days.

The council also voted to appropriate $16,000 for use by the Pike County Board of Education to upgrade the baseball and softball fields at Ramage Park. The city and the BOE will split the cost of the $38,000 project. The chain link fencing at the ball fields will be replaced with a brick wall.

In final action, the council appointed Lois Arnett to replace Homer Homann as an election official for the Oct. 4 city’s runoff election.

The Brundidge City Council will not meet on the first Tuesday of October, which is the date of the runoff election in the city’s mayoral race.  The next meeting of the council will be Oct. 18 at 4 p.m. at Brundidge City Hall.