By Michelle Key
Mayor Gary Fuller and the Opelika City Council recognized several employees for their service to the city during last Tuesday’s city council meeting, with three of those individuals having served for 25 years.
Todd Angel and Ashley Harmon of the Opelika Fire Department, along with Marty Ogren from the Planning Department, were honored by the mayor and received pins of recognition. More than 20 other employees were recognized for their years of service ranging from five to 20 years.
In other business, the council:
• approved street closures for the Veteran’s Day celebration on Nov. 11 and for the Lee-Russell Council of Government’s Mardi Gras Walk/Run on Feb. 8, 2020
• approved changes in the city’s code of ordinances pertaining to game rooms and billiard rooms
• approved an application from CyberZone Entertainment Center for a wine and beer on-premise license
• held a public hearing on and subsequently voted to approved the vacation of a right-of-way of 1.06 acres of a northerly portion of Waverly Parkway
• held public hearings on and then later approved weed abatements for properties located at 514 Old Columbus Road and 1013 Randolph St.
• held public hearings and voted to approve the demolition of structures located at 509 First Ave. and 1113 Lake St.
• read a resolution honoring J. Miles Thomas
• approved the purchase of a 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe for the planning department
• approved the purchase of Microsoft Software for the IT department
• approved a refund of sewer assessment fees
• approved a memorandum of understanding with East Alabama Health Care Authority for the Mobile Health Clinic
• approved an amendment to the Carehere Management Services Agreement to provide telemedicine health services to eligible municipal employees
• approved appropriation contracts for FY2020 for the following organizations:
- Ala. Cooperative Extension for $12,500
- Christian Care Ministries for $2,500
- Valley Haven School
- EASE for $7,500
- Envision for $20,000
- J. W. Darden Foundation for $5,000
- Downtown Redevelopment Authority for $6,000 and
- Domestic Violence Intervention Center for $4,000
• approved a special appropriation for Opelika Main Street for the Christmas in a Railroad Town event for $1,250
• approved an appropriation to the Opelika Industrial Development Authority for the amount of $125,000
• approved a resolution to waive the building permit fees for The Curtis House
•voted to introduce and suspend the two reading rule for Ordinance No. 025-19 for amendments to the city’s Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual and then approved this ordinance
• voted to approve Chris Duncan to the Special Care Facilities Financing Board for a term ending Nov. 12, 2025
• nominated and voted to approve Rev. James Smith Sr. to the Lee County Youth Development Board for a term ending Oct. 1, 2023.