Bonifay City and Kiwanis Club come to terms

Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 04:40 PM.

BONIFAY — The Bonifay City Council agreed to the contract terms between the city and the Bonifay Kiwanis Club for the use of Memorial Field on Monday, Sept. 9.

“We’ve negotiated a contract setting the amount given to the city per year at $6,000,” said City Attorney Lucas Taylor. “This is a five-year contract and at the end of the five-year contract it will be renegotiated at that time.” The terms and conditions of the contract were discussed and set during a workshop held on Aug. 29 after Assistant State Attorney Brandon Young came before the Bonifay City Council on behalf of the Kiwanis Club to renegotiate a 50-year contract between the city and the club during the city’s Aug. 12 meeting.

“There is a 50-year agreement between the Bonifay Kiwanis Club and the City of Bonifay for the use of Memorial Field that was renewed in 1995,” said Young. “Before the Kiwanis Club would receive numerous bills to pay various people for jobs and this contract was arranged between the club and the city so that the club would pay one lump sum to the city to cover all the expenses associated with using Memorial Field for two events.”

The original contract was for $5,000, but Young attested that this was for the cost of two events, now that someone else was managing the All Night Sing, the Kiwanis Club only had one yearly event. Young said he had factored in cost of living increases and costs for increased law enforcement and negotiations lead to the amount of $6,000 per year.

The council also approved of the Capital Improvement Plan presented by Grant Writer Bob Jones.

“We needed it for the new park project as well as just the required periodical update,” said Jones. “Right now it contains six future projects, which are the water and sewer expansion and replacement, the recreation Banifill Memorial Site for 2014-15, Middlebrooks Park improvements, water system upgrade, waste water treatment improvements and water system renovations phase three.”

Real Estate Agent Andy Gonsalves came before the Bonifay City Council to announce his intention of marketing his property to large companies and businesses.

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