Brundidge council supports removal, sale of city timber

Published 8:56 pm Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Brundidge City Council met in regular session Monday night and worked from an agenda that included the cutting/selling of timber off two city properties.

Brundidge Mayor Isabell Boyd informed the council that timber at the city’s North Industrial Park and at the wastewater treatment plant (about 160 acres) is at the stage of growth that warrants thinning and cutting.

Boyd asked the council to consider the proposed agreement with M& W Forestry Consultants.

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In the proposed agreement, M&W agreed to locate and flag/paint existing land lines, accompany prospective purchasers to the timber to be sold and to advise the City of Brundidge of the fair market value of the timber to be sold.

M&W also agreed to mark all trees with blue paint and to prepare a contract between the city and timber buyer.

In addition, M&W agreed to supervise the cutting and removal of any timber and to inspect the property upon the completion of the cutting and removal of the timber.

In the proposed agreement, the City of Brundidge agreed to pay M&W the sum of 8 percent plus a $20/acre marking fee for services rendered.

After considering the agreement between the city and M&W, the council voted in favor of the agreement.

Boyd signed a proclamation declaring January 2020 as Human Trafficking Awareness Month in Brundidge.

“Human trafficking is a very real problem facing the world today,” Boyd said. “Although it can take many forms, in every case it goes against the core principles of individual freedoms and civil rights that our state and nation stand for. The City of Brundidge is committed to ensuring that our community remains on the front lines in combating this deplorable crime. The first step in eliminating human trafficking is to educate others We must work to ensure that all our residents are aware of this problem and how to spot it. We ask our residents to join us in raising the visibility of this crime where its victims are all too often invisible.’

In other action, the city council re-appointed Amanda Lopez to the Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library board. Her term expired in December 2019.

“Amanda is serving the board well and we want to keep her on the library board,” Boyd said.

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