By Michelle Key
During last week’s city council meeting, the council presented Opelika Fire Inspector Bob Parsons with an Employee Performance Award for his 20 years of service to the community.
The council also announced the expansion of two manufacturing businesses: Hanwha Advanced Materials America and West Fraser, Inc.
In other business, the council:
• approved the request from Sunoco Food Mart for a Beer and Wine Off-Premise License
• approved a request from the Opelika Chamber of Commerce for the 2019 Christmas parade
• Held a public hearing regarding the proposed ordinance to amend zoning ordinance and map to rezone two acres in the 2400 Block Dunlop Drive
• approved expense reports from various departments.
• approved to designate city personal property surplus and authorize disposal of said property
• approved the purchase of cameras for Covington Recreation Center utilizing National IPA Contract #2018011-01
• approved the purchase of Dell/EMC Isilon Disk Storage for the City Camera Systems utilizing National IPA Contract #2018011-01
• approved a tax abatement for Hanwha
• approved a tax abatement for West Fraser
• approved a budget adjustment for advertising expense
• approved the grant application for the Pepperell Watershed Phase II project
• rejected all bids for removal of dead, dying or dangerous trees and stumps with tree pruning
• approved a request to change the Nov. 19 city council meeting date. The meeting will be held on Nov. 18.
• heard the first reading for a proposed ordinance to amend zoning ordinance and map to rezone two acres in the 2400 Block Dunlop Drive
• heard the first reading of an ordinance for the Conveyance of the West Side of Dunlop Drive to John A. Stewart
• heard the first reading for an ordinance to amend City Code, Chapter 5.5 Article III, wireless telecommunications.
Citizens are welcome at both the council work sessions meetings and the council meetings. They are invited to voice their opinions or concerns at each council meeting. The only rules are that one must give their name and address and are limited to five minutes or fewer.
The next council meeting will be held on July 2. Work session starts times vary from 6 to 6:45 p.m. and the council meetings start promptly at 7 p.m.
Meetings are held in the council chamber at city hall located at 204 S. 7th St. in downtown Opelika.
Copies of the agendas can be found on the city’s website www.opelika-al.gov/406/City-Council.