By Shawn Kirkpatrick
The Opelika City Council meeting kicked off last Tuesday with an “Atta Girl” award, given by Mayor Gary Fuller to the city’s Human Resources Director Lisa McLeod for her work with the Americans with the Disability Act (ADA) Transition and Self-Evaluation. “There is really only one person who pulled this project together and that is Lisa McLeod,” said City Attorney Guy Gunter. “Most cities hire a consultant for this, but Lisa is really our consultant and is very knowledgeable on all the ADA requirements. If I had to guess, I would say Lisa probably put in between a thousand to 2,000 hours on this project. This is beyond what she does as a HR director.”
Four Opelika High School seniors, Austin Crowley, Brighton Gregory, Sara Hollis Smith T and Aesha Patel, each received a $2,500 scholarship from Opelika Power Services, in cooperation with Alabama Municipal Electric Authority.
Six Opelika High School seniors, Katie Epperson, Abrea Green, Kevin Trujillo-Galindo, Avery Rajan, Lydia King and Madelyn Weaver received Kilgore Scholarships.
In other business, the council:
-awarded a $454,505 project bid to D&J Enterprises for the city’s Tiger Town roundabout and improvement project. The roundabout will be located at the four-way intersection of Interstate Drive, Hamilton Road and Enterprise Drive
-approved a new cell tower, to be built for T-Mobile on Bay Court by ECO-Site Inc.
-adopted an Americans with Disabilities Act Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan
-authorized an amendment to a lease agreement between the city and Central of Georgia Railroad Company, to increase rent to $600 for more than 2,000 acres near The Depot.
-approved that Councilwoman Tiffany Gibson-Pitts’ provision of $1,000 from her discretionary funds to the Family Day and re-dedication of Bandy Park event May 26.
-approved a special appropriation totaling $1,000 from council members’ discretionary accounts to go to the Dad’s League for its “Family Games and 5K” event June 16
-approved a temporary intern position at the Lewis Cooper Jr. Memorial Library
-approved a request from Prayer Force United for a walk June 16
– amended a resolution that authorized the waiver of all building and construction permit fees for Auburn Opelika Habitat for Humanity for a year, that will now include the exemption of sewer tap and assessment fees.