BONIFAY – An audit of Bonifay’s 2016 fiscal year shows the city is doing well. Hilton Meadows of Carr, Riggs and Ingram Accounting Firm delivered the results of the audit to the council when they met in regular session Monday night.
The city will be going into the next fiscal year with a budget of $19,657,421 in the proprietary fund. The money that goes into that fund is from the water, sewer and sanitation funds collected by the city. There was no debt addition incurred in the past year. The general fund has a deficit of just over $700,000 which will be corrected when a budget amendment is made in September by moving those funds from the Proprietary fund to the General fund. Both of those funds are discretionary.
A mediation agreement was accepted by the council for $45,000 from an insurance lawsuit stemming from a 2014 incident. The funds will be paid after a court approves the agreement.
The annexation of properties into the city as part of the 79 Corridor Project has been put on hold pending the application being corrected. City Attorney Michelle Jordan was tasked with sending letters to the parties with instructions to fix the deficiencies.
Heath Jenkins of Mott MacDonald, updated the council on the status of the Small Community Outreach Program (SCOP) project on St. Johns Road. Upon approval of the plans from FDOT, the complete rebuild project will be put out to bid.
City Clerk Beverly Gilley informed the council of a change in insurance providers for city employees that will save the city nearly $27,000 annually. The city will switch from United Healthcare to Blue Cross-Blue Shield effective September 1.
Mayor Eddie Sims presented the council with recommendations for a Parks and Recreation Committee. The Committee was put in place in the 90s 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.
The new members will be: Veronica Peel, James Goodman, Sheila Balkom, Poe White and Rebecca Prince.
Bonifay City Council will meet again in regular session at 6 p.m. on July 24.