Opelika City Council to Hold Public Hearing on Ordinance Changes

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BY MICHELLE KEY

PUBLISHER

OPELIKA —

The Opelika City Council accepted a proposed ordinance for advertising for  a public hearing. The proposed change to the city’s ordinace would amend section 7.3a “area requirements” to provide that the maximum number of dwelling units per acre in the C-1 District is 28; to amend subsections D and D of Section 7.7 to provide revised development and design standards for buildings and structures located in the C-1 district. (See the Planning Commission article above for more details on these ordinance changes.)

PROCLAMATIONS

Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller and the city council presented Lela Lofton, the widow of former council member Robert Lofton a proclamation declaring May 2022 as ALS Awareness month in memory of Robert. 

The council also presented Dr. Mark Neighbors, current superintendent of Opelika City Schools, with a proclamation recognizing him for his service to the school system. Neighbors will be retiring at the end of the current school year.

The council also issued a proclamation to the Opelika Bicycle Advisory Committee declaring May 2022 as “Bike Month”.

OTHER BUSINESS

– The council tabled an updated request from Opelika Main Street for the “Grillin on the Tracks” event to be held Aug. 27. until further information can be collected.

– The council approved a bid for the city-wide striping project No. 22015.

– The council approved a bid for the general roadway improvements project No. 22014.

– The council approved a bid for the city-wide asphalt paving project No. 22013.

– The council approved expense reports from various departments.

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

– The council approved emergency repairs on the interstate lighting poles and fixtures on the ramps of I-85 at exits 62 and 66 due to damage caused by accidents.

– The council approved the purchase of 624 Toter 96 Gallon EVR II Universal/Nestable Carts for Environmental Services.

– The council approved the annual authorization to levy tax on property within Opelika.

– The council approved the annual municipal water pollution prevention (MWPP) reports for the East and West sewer treatment plants.

– The council approved the first amendment to the project agreement between city of Opelika, OIDA and Hanwha Cimmaron, LLC.

– The council approved certain tax abatements and exemptions for Cumberland Plastic Systems, LLC.

– The council approved certain tax abatements and exemptions for Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, LLC/Cumberland.

– The council approved certain tax abatements and exemptions for Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, LLC/Daewon.

– The council approved certain tax abatements and exemptions for Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, LLC/Hanwha.

– The council approved an extension of tax abatement of sales and use tax for Yongsan Automotive U.S.A., Inc.

– The council approved a revised railroad agreement for crossing improvements on Anderson Road.

– The council approved a resolution to authorize non-participant services contract with Electric Cities of Georgia, Inc.

– The council approved a contract with Casey Chambley dba Chambley’s Display Fireworks for the annual Opelika Freedom Celebration event.

– The council approved a resolution authorizing the submission of five ADECA (Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, Law Enforcement and Traffic Safety Division) grant applications.

– The council approved a request for approval of a special use permit with AT&T at 1981 Airport Road.

– The council approved a request for approval of a special use permit with AT&T at 1051 Douglas St.

– The council approved an ordinance to amend the Code of Ordinances by changing the time of the regular meetings and work sessions of the city council. Starting with the June 7, 2022 meeting, the council will meet at 6 p.m. with work sessions being held prior to the council meetings.

– The council approved an ordinance for the annexation of 31 acres located on Lafayette Parkway. The petition was submitted by William B. Lowe, Jr. and Mary Susan Haines.

– The council introduced an ordinance for the first reading pertaining to the adopting a plan for the redistricting the council districts of the city of Opelika

– The council voted to reappoint Eric Canada to the Opelika Utilities Board for a new term ending May 4, 2028.

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