Roaming dogs a concern in Brundidge

Published 3:00 am Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Brundidge City Council held its second and final meeting of January on Tuesday.

The council considered a resolution that would allow T-Mobile to make cell tower modifications to improve and expedite services in the Brundidge area. The council voted to approve the resolution.

Brundidge City Manager Britt Thomas reported to the council that the city’s efforts to remediate the recreational park that was closed several years ago on Nassau Street are moving forward even though the project to construct a walking trail at Ramage Park came in over budget at $45,000 and the contractor could not begin work until April or May.

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“With the project being over budget and the delay in getting started, we looked at ways to reduce the cost,” Thomas said. “If the city purchases the materials for the project and contracts the work out, we can get the project completed for about $27,000.That’s a savings of about $18,000 and the project will be completed at an earlier date.”

Thomas said the contractor for the city would be Larry Leatherwood and others if needed to complete the project.

The council voted to allow the project to be city led.

No other business came before the council however; two citizens were on the agenda to discuss their concerns.

Desiree Pickett, District 5, once again addressed the council to express her concern for the lack of representation for her district on the council.

Pickett said Representative Chris Foster has missed half of the council meetings since June and is not visible or available to the residents of District 5. “Our district is not being represented and our representative should be asked to resign so our district could be represented,” Pickett said.

Boyd acknowledged Pickett’s concern and said there are certain laws and procedures that have to be followed in such situations.

Randy Harvey, District 4, said dogs are “taking over Brundidge.”

“Pit bulls and mixed breed dogs are running on Galloway Road, turning over garbage cans and it’s not safe to be out at night,” Harvey said. “Dogs are a problem all around town. We need a dog catcher. The city needs to be more concerned about what is going on in the city.”

Boyd said the city is addressing the dog problem and has special cages on order to help alleviate the problem.

“And, we’re working on getting a dog catcher,” she said.

The mayor and all council members, Betty Baxter, District 1; Arthur Lee Griffin, District 2; Margaret Ross, District 3; Byron Gaynor, District 4; and Chris Foster, District 5, were present.

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.