Opelika Approves Special Appropriation for Indian Pines

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BY MICHELLE KEY
PUBLISHER

The Auburn University Regional Airport will be getting a runway extension, taking land from the Indian Pines Golf Course in order to do so. The city of Opelika approved a resolution for a special appropriation to the Indian Pines Recreation Authority in the amount of no less than $1,151,000 payable over the next five years as part of an agreement with the city of Auburn, A-O Tourism, Auburn University, FAA, Indian Pines Recreation Authority and Lee County.

The money from the joint agreement will pay for the land and the rebuilding of the 18-hole golf course at the facility. 

The airport runway extension is expected to be completed in 2024.

OTHER BUSINESS

– The council approved a request for the 11th Annual Going Blue for Autism event to be held at Courthouse Square on April 1.

– The council approved a request from Opelika High School softball for a 5K/1 Mile Run to be held at the Sportsplex on April 16. The council approved a request for the 10th Annual Kid’s Triathlon to be held at the Sportsplex on Aug. 6.

– The council approved a bid for the removal of dead, dying or dangerous trees and stumps with pruning.

– The council approved a bid for the Environmental Services Complex.

– The council approved a resolution to designate city personal property surplus and authorize its disposal.

– The council approved a resolution for the purchase of one 2022 Ford Explorer.

– The council approved a resolution to purchase office furniture for Opelika Environmental Services.

– The council approved a resolution to approve an agreement with ALDOT for the Anderson Road Railroad Crossing upgrade.

– The council approved a resolution to approve an Encroachment Agreement with CSX for the Veterans Parkway Extension project.

– The council approved a resolution for a Professional Services Agreement for the design of the Mill Village roundabout.

This roundabout will be located at the intersection of Cunningham Drive and 1st Avemue.

The city will also realign 28th Street to create a straight path from 28th Street to Cunningham Drive.

– The council approved a resolution to approve Change Order No. 2 to contract with Incapsulate, LLC.

This change order will increase the total contract amount for professional services by $25,860, resulting in a new contract amount of $210,860.

– The council approved a resolution to designate Mayor Fuller as the city’s voting delegate at the 2022 ALM annual  convention.

– The council approved an ordinance for the annexation petition by Patrick C. Davidson to annex 12.6 acres located on Sellers Drive into the city of Opelika.

– The council approved an ordinance to approve the pre-zoning of 12.6 acres located on Sellers Drive to a retail and entertainment district.

– The council approved the appointment of Bill Parker, Jr. to the Opelika Industrial Development Authority for a term ending March 8, 2026.

– The council approved the reappointment of Jayne Gunter to the Opelika Industrial Development Authority for a term ending March 8, 2026.

– The council approved the reappointment of Ronnie Ware to the Opelika Industrial Development Authority for a term ending March 8, 2026.

– The council approved the reappointment of Ronnie Wilson to the Opelika Industrial Development Authority for a term ending March, 8 2026.

– The council approved the appointment of Jim Akin to the Board of Parks & Recreation for a term ending March 15, 2027.

– The council approved the reappointment of Tony Hoyett to the Board of Parks & Recreation for a term ending March 15, 2027.

The next Opelika city council meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 15 at 7 p.m.

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