Opelika City Council backs Tuskegee T-100 Trainer Jet Project


By Lawton Vallely
For the Opelika

The Opelika City Council held a brief meeting Tuesday night at City Hall.
Highlights of the 27-minute meeting included the passing of a resolution in support of Leonardo DRS, a defense solutions company based out of Arlington, Virginia, in their plans to bring the T-100 Trainer Jet Project to Tuskegee.
The project would invest nearly $300 million to establish a production site at Marion Field and bring more than 700 jobs to the Tuskegee area.
The council also voted to reappoint Patsy Parker to the Opelika Board of Education, with her new term ending April 1, 2023. Parker currently serves as the chairwoman of the board of education and has served on the board since 2009.
In other business, the council:
-approved a request by Prayer Force United for a walk April 21
-awarded a bid to East Alabama Paving Company Inc. for citywide resurfacing at $1,201,477
-approved resolution for OPS One to borrow funds from electric funds at $13,275,000
-approved annexation of 160 acres at Foxchase Emerald Lake
-approved a resolution for a validated selection procedure for police lieutenant and police sergeant
-approved special appropriation to Envision Opelika for Unity Stampede Event at $1,000
-approved expense reports from various departments
-reappointed Jeff Hilyer to the Opelika Utilities Board, with his term ending May 4, 2024
-approved a refund to USSA Insurance at $7,264
-approved a refund to Jim Parker at $3,326.23
-approved a refund to Oline Price at $2,256.49.


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