By Michelle Key
During last week’s city council meeting, the Opelika City Council formally approved a resolution for an engagement letter for legal counsel opposing a proposed granite quarry just north of the city limits off Lee Road 168. The resolution authorizes engagement letters with both Starnes Davis Florie, LLP and Samford Denson, LLP.
In other business, the council:
• approved a formal resolution announcing that the City Council opposes the proposed quarry
• approved a request by HS Sports Inc. DBA Auburn Billards Sports Bar-Lounge for a retail liquor class i and on premise beer license.
• held three public hearings which allowed the public to address the following issues:
- a resolution to fix the assessment for the cost of demolition of the property that was located at 207 Ave. A
- a resolution to fix the assessment for the cost of demolition of the property that was located at 3307 Arnold Ave.
- an proposed ordinance for the rezoning of 32.45 acres located at 2899 Gateway Dr.
• approved a bid for one 2020 Ford Transit Van for the Opelika Police Department for the amount of $33,513
• approved a bid for the replacement of the Rocky Brook culvert
• approved a bid from Siemens Industry, Inc. for the purchase of up to 19 single-phase voltage regulators with SEL control panel at a total cost of no more than $617,690
• approved a bid from Evergreen Erosion Control, LLC for a contract for Columbus Parkway/Intellivest Stormwater Conveyance
• approved expense reports from various departments.
• authorized payment to East Alabama Paving Company Inc.
• approved the resolution to fix the assessment for demolition of a building located at 207 Ave. A for $21,197.19
• approved the resolution to fix the assessment for demolition of a building located at 3307 Arnold Ave. for $6,162.50
• approved a contract with Ozark Striping for a city- wide striping project
• approved the submission of a grant application to U.S. EDA for supplemental disaster funding
• approved an appropriation contract for the fiscal year 2020 with the Opelika Chamber of Commerce for an amount of $65,000
• approved the city clerk-treasurer to designate bank depositories and official signers on city bank accounts
• approved an agreement with Intellivest Inc. for the Columbus Parkway drainage project
• approved an agreement with Skipper Consulting for a regional transportation study.
• introduced an ordinance for first reading for the rezoning of 32.45 acres located at 2899 Gateway Drive
• introduced an ordinance for first reading to authorize sale of city property located 1506 Harper St.
• introduced an ordinance for first reading to set the Municipal Election of Officers and voting locations for Aug. 25
• approved the reappointment of Raven Harvis to the Board of Zoning Adjustments. The new term will end Feb. 11, 2023.
- Appointment Corey Grant to the LRCOG MPO Citizen Advisory Committee. The new term will end on Nov. 5
• Fuller announced the reappoint Mike Hilyer to the planning commission. The new term will end Feb. 15, 2026.
The next council meeting will be Feb. 18 and will be held in the council chamber at City Hall, which is located at 204 7th. Ave. in Opelika.