BY MICHELLE KEY
OPELIKA — The Opelika City Council and Mayor Gary Fuller recognized the 2023 Firefighters, Police Officers and Communication Officer of the Year. Turn to B10 for photos.
- The council held an appeal hearing for the denial of an alcohol license for Shandalika 1971 Inc. and voted to deny the appeal.
- The council held public hearings for weed abatement assessments for 1916 1st Ave. and 121 N. 20th St. then later voted to approve the assessments, which were $67.06 each.
- The council approved a request for street closures for the Victorian Front Porch walking tour to be held Dec. 9 in the Historic District of Opelika.
- The council approved various expense reports from city departments.
- The council approved a quote from CDW Government for the purchase of Cisco Switch, cameras and hardware for the Opelika Public Library for an amount just over $116,000.
- The council approved a quote from CDW Government for the purchase of Nutanix Server Cluster at the Opelika Police Department Data Center for an amount just under $374,600.
- The council approved an equipment lease agreement with Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus LLC for the fire department while it waits for the new pumper trucks that were recently ordered to be delivered. Due to the continued delay Williams Fire has agreed to pay for a reserve truck to be furnished by Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus LLC. The city is required to sign a lease agreement and provide insurance on the reserve truck.
- The council approved the partial funding of a special operations response vehicle for the Lee County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO), Auburn Police Department and the Opelika Police Department, all three of which are active members of the Lee County Wide SWAT Team. The LCSO recently received a grant of $150,00 towards the purchase of the vehicle. The lowest bid of $238,801 from Lenco Industries Inc. was approved by the Lee County Commission. The city of Opelika approved the amountt of just under $32,240 to be applied towards the outstanding balance of $88,801.
- The council approved a second amendment to the Medical Services Agreement with Premise Health for the Human Resources Department.
- The council approved the Shelton Village sewer agreement with the city of Auburn which has agreed to furnish wastewater conveyance and treatment services to Shelton Village Subdivision. The subdivision will generate wastewater in Opelika and which will be deposited into the Auburn sewer system for treatment and disposal.
The council voted to reappoint Kisha Abercrombie as an assistant municipal prosecutor in the municipal court for a two-year term beginning December 8, 2023, and ending December 7, 2025.
- A resolution for an annual appropriation contract with the Arts Association of East Alabama remained tabled.
- The council approved a special appropriation to Opelika Main Street for $1,250 for Christmas in a Railroad Town.
- The council approved the annexation petition by Deidre W. Jones and Jason F. Jones for .75 acres of land located at 6551 Highway 431 North.