Engineer Amir Zafar of Hatch Mott MacDonald informed the Bonifay City Council that they city was awarded a $5.3 million Department of Environmental Protection waste water grant for phase two of the Waste Water Treatment Facility during their Nov. 25 meeting.
BONIFAY — Engineer Amir Zafar of Hatch Mott MacDonald informed the Bonifay City Council that they city was awarded a $5.3 million Department of Environmental Protection waste water grant for phase two of the Waste Water Treatment Facility during their Nov. 25 meeting.
“It is good news for our waste water plant because we were the only ones who got the grant this time,” said Zafar.
Grant Writer Bob Jones advised the council that this was the time to address their needs to the legislature.
“We’ll have some representatives here on Dec. 2 at 1 p.m. at the Holmes County District School Board office,” said Jones. “That’s when we should present them with a proposal to fund our water project in a $500,000 request. This is to apply for the next phase and if we keep asking enough people enough times we just might get funding for it all.”
Council member Richard Woodham brought up once again the proposal to raise the water rates.
“In my experience it is better to raise it in small amounts over time and not wait several years and have to make a big jump,” said Jones. “We’ll look into the statistics for you.”
Woodham suggested that it be investigated for a possible proposal at the first of the year.
“We’ve got to do something,” said Mayor Lawrence Cloud. “We don’t have the funds for everything we need to do for all of our residents. If we keep up at our current rate we’ll find ourselves in dire straits.”
A representative came to request that a shed be replaced with a brick structure next to the Devils’ Den located at Memorial Field for the Holmes County High School Blue Devils’ football team to use. The representative informed the council that they would use their own funds to build it.
Council agreed to table it until their attorney, Lucas Taylor, could look into the matter.
Council approved of a proclamation presented by Herbert J. “Kuntry” Carter proclaiming Dixie Phonics to be recognized as a form of music “unique to Tallahassee and the north Florida area.”
“Grassroots American Folk music has its origins in the Appalachian Mountains, Cajun music is identified with southern Louisiana, the form of music known as Texas Swing was created and developed in the state of Texas and Bluegrass music traces its conception to rural Kentucky,” said Carter. “Due to the absence of a clearly identifiable musical style in the city of Tallahassee and the general area of north Florida and south Georgia it is fitting that Dixie Phonics be recognized as a cultural and artistic manifestation of music unique to Tallahassee and the north Florida area.”
Public Works Supervisor Jack Marell informed the council that there was a resident that received a clean-up notice that quickly retaliated with a request that the city move a one and half inch water pipe from his yard.
“The issue is that there is no documentation of an easement or city order to place the pipe there so ultimately it would be an issue between private property owners because if he insists on it being moved and it denies his neighbor water then he’d be doing it at his own peril,” said Taylor.
Council agreed to look into another landowner to possibly move the line to.
“He’s just being aggravating because we gave him a letter to clean up,” said Woodham.
Council approved to cut down a pecan tree on Piccirillo Avenue.
Tony Syfrett with Southeastern Surveying and Mapping Corporation came before the council with designs for a subdivision on Griffith Circle off of State Road 79 in Bonifay, stating that he was informed that the subdivision was approved of in 2008.
Jones informed him that the Council needed some clarification of what was approved in 2008 before the Council could approve of anything and move on, which after much discussion was approved to be tabled until further review could be made.
Council approved of canceling their meeting set for Dec. 23, in recognition of the upcoming Christmas holiday.
The next scheduled meeting of the Bonifay City Council is set for 6 p.m. on Dec. 9.