BY MICHELLE KEY
OPELIKA — Pharmavite LLC has announced a $3.3 million addition to its existing facility that is located at 4701 Northpark Drive in Opelika.
“Pharmavite is an exceptional company, and we are proud that they call Opelika home,” said Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller in a press release issued by the city. “It’s companies like this that continue to provide good paying jobs and a great work environment for our citizens.”
The Opelika City Council voted to approve tax abatements and exemptions to Pharmavite for a period of 10 years
“Pharmavite is a great community partner,” said Economic Development Director Lori Huguley. “It is a great testament to their workforce and the business climate in Opelika that they continue to invest and grow here.”
- The council approved a request from The Surcie Shoppe, located at 201 S. 9th St., for a special event to be held on Nov. 11, 2023. The event is to celebrate its one year anniversary and no street closure is expected.
- The council approved a request from Red Clay Brewing Company for a special event to be held on Nov. 15, 2023, and no street closure is expected.
- The council approved a request from the Opelika Chamber of Commerce for the annual Christmas parade, Snopelika and the tree lighting ceremony to be held on Dec. 1, 2023. Street closures include Avenue A between 8th and 10th Street, Avenue B between 7th and 10th Street, Railroad Avenue between 8th and 10th Street and Avenues C, D and E between 7th and 10th Streets. The Courthouse Square parking lot will also be closed.
- The council approved a bid for Southern Yellow Pine wooden utility poles for Opelika Power Services (OPS.)
- The council approved a bid from Bodine’s Landscape Services Inc. for the Opelika Police Department (OPD) landscaping project for nearly $147,000.
- The council approved a bid from JLD Enterprises LLC for just over $821,000 for the South 10th Street and Avenue C infrastructure improvement project.
- The council approved a bid from D & J Enterprises Inc. for almost $1.5 million for intersection improvements to Cunningham Drive and Frederick Road.
- The council approved a resolution to designate city personal property, a 2012 Dodge Charger, as surplus and to authorize its disposal.
- The council approved the purchase of 17 sets of turn out gear from Sunbelt Fire for the Opelika Fire Department (OFD) utilizing the HGACBuy Contract No. EE08-19 in the amount of just over $57,000.
- The council approved the purchase of a VMWare Subscription License from CDW Government LLC for the IT Department. The annual subscriptionfor the license is just under $60,000.
- The council approved the purchase of a Duo Advantage subscription license also from CDW Government LLC for the IT Department for an amount of a little more than $80,000.
- The council approved the purchase of one John Deere 5060E Cab Utility Tractor from Deere & Company or an amount just under $38,000 for the Parks and Recreation Department.
- The council approved a resolution to purchase two 2023 Ford F150 Supercab pickup trucks from Stivers Ford Lincoln for the Public Works (PW) Department using state of Alabama Contract No. T191. The total amount of the trucks will be almost $76,000.
- The council approved the purchase of two E35 25HP R2-Series Bobcat Compact Excavators from the Bobcat Company for PW using Sourcewell Contract No. 040319-CEC. The excavators will cost just under $90,000.
- The council approved an application for ATRIP II Grant Funds for the intersection Improvement of Frederick Road and Gateway Drive for the Engineering Department.
- The council approved a maintenance agreement with ALDOT for the new Columbus Parkway North Access Road.
- The council authorized an engagement letter with Himmelwright, Huguley, & Boles LLC for annual auditing services.
- The council authorized a loan to the Indian Pines Public Park Authority in the amount of $525,000 at an interest rate of 2% to cover one half of the additional construction and operating costs related to Pines Crossing Golf Course improvements.
- The council approved the annual appropriation contract for fiscal year (FY) 2024 with American Red Cross — East Alabama Chapter for an amount of $8,500.
The council approved an annual appropriation contract for FY2024 with Arts Association of East Alabama – (Tabled) for an amount of $25,000
The council approved an annual appropriation contract for FY2024with Keep Opelika Beautiful for an amount of $38,000.
- The council approved an annual appropriation contract for FY2024 with Opelika Main Street for an amount of $60,000.
The council approved an special appropriation to the Opelika Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association for an amount of $1,500.
- The council introduced an ordinance for its first reading to approve the annexation petition submitted by Deidre W. Jones and Jason F. Jones, to annex .75 acres of land located at 6551 Highway 431 N.