BONIFAY - The 79 Corridor Project took another step forward Monday night when the Bonifay City Council gave a green light to project coordinators to research and pursue grants to fund feasibility studies and various engineering jobs. After those projects are complete, more grants can be sought to actually break ground on the project. The action brings the city in line with both Holmes and Washington counties in applying for the grants.
An interlocal agreement has been signed between Holmes County and City of Bonifay in regards to floodplain management. The FEMA form states that the county will be the city’s floodplain manager. This agreement will help reduce flood insurance costs and help make them more affordable.
The recreational center has been closed for the past two weeks while undergoing repairs and improvements. New doors have been ordered as well as windows being replaced and the roof being repaired to stop leakages. $820.90 has been spent so far on the improvements with $700 more approved by the council to paint the floors. The monies will come from the general fund.
Mayor Eddie Sims advised the council that he will be bringing back names next month for the athletic committee that was put in place in the nineties and hasn’t been updated since then. The committee will oversee and coordinate schedules for any events to be held at Memorial Field. Traditionally, the committee had a member from the Kiwanis Club, Holmes County School District and three others, all must reside in the city limits.
A Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) water line project has been completed in five projects areas inside the city. New water lines and hydrants have been installed during the project.
Attorney Michelle Jordan has been tasked with writing an ordinance to formally bring in land to be annexed into the City of Bonifay. The request comes from the land owners who want to be part of the 79 Corridor project map.
Bonifay City Council will meet again in regular session at 6 p.m. on June 26.