By Michelle Key
The ‘20 Under Forty’ Class of 2021 was introduced to Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller and the city council during last week’s city council meeting. The program is under the direction of the Opelika Chamber of Commerce, and its mission is to bring together a diverse group of individuals who, through their knowledge, experience and talents, will both complement and challenge one another.
– approved a request by Main Street for the annual On the Tracks event to be held on Oct. 9
– held a public hearing on the amendment of Zoning Ordinance Section 2.2, 7.3 – to add Section 8.28
– voted to designate city personal property as surplus and to authorize disposal.
– voted to approve a request for a refund of Occupational License Fees to Sawyer Stephens
– voted to approved a request for a refund of sewer service fees at 1998 1st Ave.
– approved the purchase of a Zoll X-Series Defibrillator – Sole Source – FD.
– approved the purchase of furniture for Covington Recreation Center
– approved a change order for the Fire Training Facility
– approved resolutions for tax abatements, exemptions and a project agreement with Bonnie Plants, Inc. and AFICC
– held public hearing and voted to approve weed abatement assessments for the following properties:
· 206 Byrd Ave.
· 308 Brannon Ave.
· 509 1st Ave.
· 810 Williamson Ave.
· 1733 1st Ave.
– held public hearings and voted to approve resolutions for the demolition of properties located at 509 1st Ave. and 1400 2nd Ave.
– approved a resolution authorizing the new job classification and description for a Community Relations Specialist with the Opelika Police Department
– approved a resolution to authorize a fire hydrant rental agreement with the Utilities Board of the City of Opelika
– approved a resolution for a special appropriation of $2,500 to the Opelika Chamber of Commerce for the 20 Under Forty program with each councilperson allocating $500 of their discretionary funds for the program
– approved a resolution for a special appropriation of $2,500 to the Opelika Chamber of Commerce for the Lee County Young Leaders program with each councilperson allocating $500 of their discretionary funds for the program
– approved a resolution for a special appropriation of $5,000 to the Opelika Learning Center for the Positive Behavior Dog Pound program with each councilperson allocating $1,000 of their discretionary funds for the program
– approved a resolution to submit a ADECA grant application for the Youth Incarceration Prevention Program
– voted to approve an ordinance for the annexation of 11.3 acres located in the 3800 Block of Hamilton Rd
– held the first reading of an ordinance to amend Zoning Ordinance Section 2.2, 7.3 and to add Section 8.28, 8.28.1.
– held the first reading of an ordinance to amend zoning and ordinance map to rezone 21.9 acres located at 3001 Hi Pack Drive
– voted to suspend the rules requiring two readings and approved Ordinance No. 019-20 to grant a non-exclusive franchise to the Utilities Board of the City of Opelika
– voted to reappoint Henry J. Stern Jr. to the Celebrate Alabama Cooperative District, with a new term ending Aug. 27, 2024
– voted to reappoint John Marsh, Debbie Purves and Jimmy Sharp to the Downtown Redevelopment Authority. The new terms will end on Aug. 19, 2026.
Opelika city council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday nights of every month. The next council meeting will be held on Sept. 1.