Brundidge council to discuss releasing PCBOE from recreation contract

Published 9:14 pm Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The Brundidge City Council will host a town hall meeting in the coming weeks to discuss the future of the city’s recreation program.

At the council’s Tuesday meeting, Mayor Isabell Boyd said the city has received a request from the Pike County Board of Education to be released from the 15-year contract the board has with the City of Brundidge to operate the city’s recreation program.

Brundidge City Manager Britt Thomas said the Pike County BOE came to the city five years ago with the offer to run the city’s recreation program. The agreement was for the city to pay around $75,000 annually to the BOE for the first five years and then the amount would be reduced to around $50,000 thereafter.

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Boyd said a town hall meeting would give Brundidge citizens an opportunity to provide input into the operation of the city’s recreation program.

Council Member Margaret Ross, District 3, said she has not paid enough attention to the recreation program.

“I can’t say anything much about the way the recreation program has been run,” she said. “I need to get more involved.”

Council Member Byron Gaynor, District 4, said there has been some thought that the city was not getting what it deserved.

“If the city takes the recreation program back over, it’s really got to be marketed to get kids out,” he said.

Boyd said kids are electronically inclined and many are not playing ball. She added that she did not know if or how the Pike County BOE notified the community of the decision not to operate the summer program.

The date of the town hall meeting will be announced once a decision is made by the council.

Mayor Boyd signed a proclamation declaring the week of April 8-14 Library Week in Brundidge. Boyd said the Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library is an asset to the community. The library provides opportunities for education, employment, empowerment, entrepreneurship and engagement for its citizens.

“Libraries serve as a level playing field for all those seeking information and access to technology,” she said.

The council appointed Council Members Byron Gaynor and Margaret Ross first and second alternate for the AMIC Annual Business Meeting April 19 in Montgomery. The council also appointed Council Members Arthur Lee Griffin and Betty Baxter, first and second alternate voting delegates for the ALM Annual Business Meeting on May 21.

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.