By Rebekah Martin
At Tuesday’s council meeting, Mayor Gary Fuller and the Opelika City Council honored OHS student athletes who were recently named the 2016 Indoor Track AHSAA 6A state champions. The following students represented Opelika at the state-wide competition:
Jonathan Bizilia, Tanner Blatt, Will Boler, Zo Bridges, Anatanavious Butler, Ladarius Foreman, Ben Garner, Devin Guice, Braden Holloway, Nathaniel Huggins, CJ Jordan, Johnston Jordan, Jalin Marshall, Jada Moss, Kacey Spinks, Franklin Vickerstaff and Hayden Washburn.
-Blatt, Huggins, Marshall and Spinks made up the 4 x 400 and 4 x 200 state champion relay teams. Boler was the state champion in the triple jump, with a jump of 44 feet and seven inches. Guice’s high jump of six feet and four inches won him the state championship. Huggins set a new state record for the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.85 and was the 400 meter dash state champion. Moss was state champion in the shot put competition with a throw of 36 feet and two-and-a-half inches.
In other business the council:
-recognized Simon and Natalie Bak of Cyberzone after the business won a national innovation award for economic growth and job creation from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO.)
recognized Assistant Director of Opelika Parks and Recreation Tommie Agee. Agee was recently awarded the Jim Spain Professional of the Year award “which honors individuals who have rendered outstanding service or accomplishments to the leisure service, recreation, parks and/or conservation professions through leadership and/or active involvement.”
approved a project amendment with Golden State Foods that will soon build a meat-processing plant in the industrial park. Golden State will invest more than $63 million in the project and bring more than 170 jobs to the city. This amendment finalized an agreement the city made in February 2015 and also approved a tax abatement and other financial incentives for the company.
-approved a resolution authorizing the purchase of 38 Fujitsu scanners for the I.T. department in the amount of $36,634.66.