Brundidge to open new city hall offices on Monday

Published 6:42 pm Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The Brundidge City Council held its last meeting in the Brundidge City Hall housed in the historic Bass House on South Main Street on Tuesday.

At 8 a.m. Monday, August 26,  the City of Brundidge will be open for business at the city’s new location at 220 N. Main Stt.

Linda Faust, administrative assistant to the city manager, said the city hall is not a business that can have a soft opening.

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“The City of Brundidge will be open at 8 a.m. Monday with full service to our customers and to the community,” Faust said. “As with any business move, issues could arise but they will be handled and resolved as quickly as possible.”

Faust said plans are for the drive-through to be open to the public on Monday, just in time for the new bills to be mailed out. The hours for Brundidge City Hall will remain the same, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. City hall does not close for lunch.

“We are looking forward to serving Brundidge and its citizens from this new location,” Faust said.

At its final meeting at 146 South Main Street, the Brundidge City Council approved the annual transportation plan that is required by the Rebuild Alabama Act, which was signed into law by Gov. Kay Ivey on March 12, 2019. Effective September 1, 2019 the gasoline and undyed diesel excise taxes will increase by $.06. per gallon to $.24 per gallon for gasoline and to $.25 per gallon for undyed diesel.

There will be additional $.02 tax increases on gasoline effective October 1, 2020 and October 1, 2021 bringing the total additional tax to $0.10.

In other business, the council approved the purchase of a knuckle-boom truck in the amount of $135,000.

“The knuckle boom truck is used for trash pickup and it’s an old truck, a 2005,” said Mayor Isabell Boyd. “It’s an essential piece of equipment and needs replacing. Hopefully, we will be able to sell the one we are using now.”

Boyd said the council considered the purchase of three pickup trucks for the street department but no motion was made.

The council voted to change the city’s application for an Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program II grant from Veterans Boulevard to Highway 93 which runs through the city’s downtown area.

The ARTIP II grants will fund projects for improvements to any state-maintained highway system, which includes U.S. Highway 231 and State Highway 93. The council had voted to apply for funds to improve Veterans Highway. However, the council determined that Highway 93 improvements would be a more favorable application.

The total amount of the ATRIP II funds to be allocated in FY2020 is $30 million. The maximum funding to be provided to an individual project is $2 million.

Isiah Scott, Boys and Girls Club of Pike and Surrounding Counties board president, addressed the council regarding the possibility of extending the Boys and Girls Club to Brundidge. Scott requested the use of the Galloway Park Community Center as the site for the Boys and Girls Club, which would meet from 3:30 until 6 p.m. Picking up the boys and girls would be the responsibility of the parents.

“Students from Troy University would be available to work with the students and that would be very beneficial,” Boyd said. “Many parents would appreciate having the university students tutor their children and assist them with their homework. The university students are more familiar with the new math and other subject matter. Having a Boys and Girls Club here in Brundidge would be a great benefit.”

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.