BONIFAY – An update on the Oklahoma Street construction project was presented to Bonifay City Council when they met in regular session Monday.
Elizabeth Moore of Anchor CI, Inc. reports the project is coming in almost $19,000 under budget, allowing the city to have thermoplastic striping done on the road and parking areas in front of the courthouse and First United Methodist Church. The funds will also go toward paving Evans Street as far down as possible until the funds run out.
Rain delays have slowed the project down, but Moore assured the council they would meet the completion date barring any more rain delays.
Bonifay Fire and Rescue has been awarded two Assistance to Firefighters grants, according to Lieutenant Landis Messer. One grant for $60,000 is a match grant and will cover the purchase of new Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA). The city’s cost will be $5,600 in matching funds. The second grant is for roughly $290,000 to purchase a new fire engine that will replace the 1986 engine in operation now. This is also a match grant with the city’s cost being $27,000 for a total of $32,600. The city is looking at their budget to determine where the funds will come from.
Messer also asked for approval to sell a 2001 truck in order to recoup some of the funds.
A petition to annex a tract of land located in the Sun Lake area into the City of Bonifay was postponed after Attorney Michelle Jordan advised the council the paperwork did not meet statutory requirements of metes and bounds measurements. The land owner's representative stated he would take the council's requests to his client and inform them of their decision later.
In other business, the first reading of the Floodplain Management Ordinance was approved by the council. Ordinance 397 deals with adopting flood hazard maps, designating a floodplain administrator and developing procedures. There will be a second reading at the next regular session meeting where it is expected to be voted on at the same meeting.
Bonifay City Council will meet again in regular session at 6 p.m. August 14.