Brundidge council buys BB&T building

Published 3:00 am Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Brundidge City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to purchase the former BB&T building on North Main Street for the amount of $200,000. The vote immediately followed the second reading of the ordinance that would give the mayor and city manager the authority to execute the necessary documents for the purchase.

The original price of the bank building was $500,000; however, the city’s offer was accepted.

Britt Thomas, city manager, said the building would be renovated with much of the work being done by city employees. An amendment to the city’s FY2017 budget that was approved by the council at the Tuesday meeting included $50,000 for first phase renovations to the building. The renovations could take up to 24 months.

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The council announced no determined plans for the present City Hall, which is housed in the historic Bass House.

The council also approved a resolution to de-obligate the remaining construction funds received from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, Community Development Block Grant Economic Development program.

The funds were used to perform water, sewer and road improvements to serve Southern Classic Food Group and Magnolia Vegetable Processors.

“We never like to return money but 100 percent of the project has been completed and all construction contracts have been satisfied,” Thomas said. “With this resolution, the council will de-obligate $37,885.34 and decrease its local match by $35,828.52. This will bring the total project cost to $351,167.50 with $212,114.66 in CBDG funds and $139,052.84 spent in match money.”

In other business, the council approved the city’s Municipal Water Pollution Prevention Program and approved FY2017 Budget Amendment No. 1.

Thomas said the amendment includes items that were not anticipated or forgotten, including a library grant and police contract services.

The council presented a proclamation to Brundidge Police Chief Moses Davenport and his officers and staff declaring the week of May 14-20 Police Week in Brundidge.

Council Member Chris Foster read the proclamation and expressed appreciation, on behalf of the mayor and council, to the Brundidge Police Department for a job well done.

Dr. Antonieta Wilson, director of “Toni’s Touch Chosen Generation Mentoring Program,” introduce the mentoring program to the council, which, she said, is designed to develop youth leadership skills and to create positive life-changing experiences.

She highlighted the program’s “Feed My Lambs” program and requested permission to use the city’s park system for monthly events associated with the program.

The council approved Wilson’s request.

The Brundidge City Council meets at 6 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Brundidge City Hall. The meetings are open to the public.