BY MICHELLE KEY
Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller and the Opelika City Council issued a proclamation recognizing Billy Edwards for his work with Keep Opelika Beautiful.
Edwards’ volunteer service includes the Opelika Tree Commission and Keep Opelika Beautiful. He is a member of the Auburn Lions Club, the J. W. Darden Alumnae Association, the J. W. Darden Foundation and is an advisor for Council Member George Allen of Ward 1.
He said that his life rule and motto is “to do all I can for as many as I can as often as I can.”
IN OTHER BUSINESS
– The council approved a request for a street closure in downtown Opelika for Bike Night to be held on May 18, 2023. This request was made by the Opelika Chamber of Commerce.
– The council approved expense reports from various departments
– The council approved the purchase of one Sutphen SL75 Heavy Duty 75′ Mid-Mount Aerial Ladder Truck with equipment using the HGACBuy Contract No. FS12-19 for the Opelika Fire Department for nearly $1.5 million.
– The council voted to accept a donation of property from the Eagle Ridge Townhomes Owners Association and a donation of property from Hartbrook Opelika LLC to be used in the construction of a round-about at the intersection of Veterans Parkway and Academy Drive.
– The council voted to accept a proposal and authorized a contract with Sain and Associates for professional services roadway design for the intersection of 10th Street and 2nd Avenue. The compensation due to Sain and Associates under this contract is $164,500.
– The council approved a resolution to accept public infrastructure and utilities of various subdivisions.
– The council voted to approve an amended and restated Certificate of Incorporation of the Indian Pines Public Park Authority.
– The council voted to approve the amendment of the Organizational Chart of the Information Technology Department for the Human Resources Department.
– The council voted to approve an arrangement letter with Critical Insights Consulting LLC with compensation not to exceed $659,000 plus any out-of-pocket expenses as detailed in the arrangement letter.
– The council voted to approve a Bullet Proof Vest Grant Application for the Opelika Police Department; This grant requires a 50% match from the city of Opelika.
– The council voted to approve certain tax abatements and exemptions for Pharmavite LLC. The total investment of Pharmavite’s proposed improvements are just over $6.4 million.
– The council voted to approve a one-year contract extension with Ozark Striping for city-wide road striping for an amount up to $200,000.
– The council voted to approve a one-year contract extension with Robinson Paving Company Inc. for roadway improvements for $500,000.
– The council voted to approve the revocation of certain business licenses for King Food Mart located at 823 Crawford Road and Neighborhood Market located at 503 Martin Luther King Blvd. The holders of the business licenses conceded their right to have a public hearing on these matters.
-The council voted to approve a request for a refund of occupational taxes paid in error.
– The council held public hearings and subsequently voted to approve weed abatement assessments for 308 Brannon Ave. and 615 Martin Luther King Blvd.
– The council voted to approve a budget in the amount of nearly $27 million for the Aquatic Center capital improvements at Covington Recreation Center and the Opelika Sportsplex.
– The council voted to award bids for construction of Aquatic Center capital improvements at Covington Recreation Center and the Opelika Sportsplex
– The council voted to approve an employment contract with Lori B. Huguley.
– The council voted to amend the City of Opelika Personnel Policies and Procedures manual.
– The council held a public hearing and voted to suspend the rules requiring two readings, in order to approve an ordinance to amend the Zoning Ordinance and Map (Pre-Zone) for 46,860 square-feet of property located in the 2700 Block of Shelton Mill Road from annexation to C-2 during the meeting. The council also suspended the rules and voted to approve the annexation petition by The Infinity Group LLC pertaining to the same property.
– The council introduced an ordinance to amend Section 16-188 of the City Code of Ordinances: School Zone Speed Limits on Fox Run Parkway and Waverly Parkway for its first reading.
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 6 at 6 p.m.