Brundidge Council addresses Mims Creek

Published 8:05 pm Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Mims Creek was once again a topic of interest at the Tuesday meeting of the Brundidge City Council. However, no residents of Johnson Street were at the meeting to learn that there could be reason for optimism regarding the saga of Mims Creek.

Over years of time, the creek has filled with sand and sediment causing the flow of rainwater from adjacent areas to spill onto the property of Johnson Street residents.

Several residents have expressed concern over the problem and looked to the city for help.

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Brundidge City Manager Britt Thomas told the council that Polyengineering of Dothan had surveyed the situation and consulted with the Army Corps of Engineers.

“Because of the drought conditions, the creek is completely dry,” Thomas said. “With the conditions as they are now, the city could possibly qualify for a nationwide permit that would allow for the removal of the sediment back down to the original creek level.”

Thomas said the affected area of the creek is 780 feet in length and, because of the sediment, it is about five feet higher than the original creek level.

Thomas said he plans to contact the FSA office in Troy to determine if there are any funds available, on a matching basis, that would help with the removal of the sediment from the creek bed, allowing for the free flow of water and, thus, the elimination of property damage along Johnson Street and a portion of Darby Street.

In other business, the council voted to use funds that remain from the recent citywide street-paving project to pave a dead-end, dirt street that provides access to a mobile home park on Tennille Road.

Thomas said the road has a good base of crush and run and the paving should last for more than five years. The cost of the additional paving would be about $14,500.

The council welcomed visitors from PowerSouth Energy Cooperative in Andalusia to the meeting. The representatives visited with Mayor Jimmy Ramage and Thomas during the day to learned more about the city that is a one of four municipalities and 16 co-operative members of PowerSouth

PowerSouth is a generation and transmission cooperative that provides the wholesale power need of its 20 distribution members in Alabama and northwest Florida.

The council also welcomed newly elected council members, Chris Foster and Byron Gaynor. Foster will represent District 5 and Gaynor, District 4. The new council members will be inducted along with newly elected mayor, Isabell Boyd on Nov. 7.

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