Mayor names Aug. 2 ‘National Night Out Day’ in Opelika

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By Rebekah Martin
Associate Editor

Mayor Gary Fuller and Councilman Larry Gray presented a proclamation at last Tuesday’s meeting to Oscar Penn, co-coordinator of the upcoming National Night Out event to be held Aug. 2. Participants will march from Antioch Baptist Church to Covington Park in effort to raise awareness and promote citizen-law enforcement partnership. The event will begin at 5 p.m. and culminate with a block party at Covington Recreation Center.
The council also unanimously voted to elect three members to their respective wards since they will face no opposition in the Aug. 23 city election. Dozier Smith T of Ward 3, Eddie Smith of Ward 4 and David Cannon of Ward 5 were the sole candidates in their races.
In other business the council:
-awarded a bid to Vision Security Technologies for a city-wide camera system in the amount of $193,428.44. This system will bolster security measures on city-owned property.
-awarded a bid to Waste Management of Alabama for roll-off hauling services for Opelika Environmental Services on an as-needed basis.
-awarded a bid to Ozark Striping Company, Inc. for city-wide re-striping in the amount of $215,780.50.
-fixed the costs for the demolition of two dilapidated structures located at 214 Byrd Ave. and 307 S. 2nd Street.
-awarded a bid to Ingram Equipment for a Kenworth with Pac-Mac Loader vehicle for Opelika Environmental Services in the amount of $136,472.00.
-authorized an amendment to the city’s tax abatement agreement with Cumberland Plastic Systems, LLC. The company will invest an additional $1.5 million in its expansion project, making the total capital investment $14,240,190.
-approved a resolution amending the organization chart of Opelika Power Services to include two new field service technician positions.

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