BONIFAY — Bonifay City Council approved paying $34,000 on Monday for an engineering design fee to go into the second phase of the city’s on-going sewer/water line replacement and update project.
Shakil Amin, a representative from Hatch Mott MacDonald, explained that the city was ready to go into phase two of the replacement and update project.
Phase two includes laying 14,000 feet of six-inch linear pipe, paid for with a $600,000 Community Development Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
“There are no matching funds required,” said Bonifay City Grant Writer Bob Jones. “With the city purchasing the engineering design fee it gives the city considerable points towards the grant.”
Council Member Richard Woodham requested that something be done about the water park at Middlebrooks Park, which is no longer working.
“We need to call the manufacturer and see about getting an estimate on how much it’ll cost to fix it,” said Woodham. “The kids are missing it and it’s getting hot.”
Jones suggested looking into getting a grant to repair it and in the meantime, the city should see how much it would cost to bypass the computer programming and operate it manually until then.
The council agreed to get an assessment before proceeding further.
Mayor Lawrence Cloud requested that City Attorney Lucas Taylor look into what it would take to get the county building inspector to look at and possibly condemn the Kevin Fleming building located on the corner of Waukesha Street and Virginia Avenue.
After confirming that the building was the old Neptune World pet shop, Taylor agreed to do some research and bring a suggestion back at the next meeting.
Taylor also reported that he spoke with the attorney heading the BP Oil Settlement and informed the council that they would not be eligible because they were not awarding anything to government entities.
After much debate about the possible settlement being given to other local government entities, Taylor agreed to look further into the matter and bring it before the council at the next meeting, which will be held at 6 p.m. on July 8 at the Bonifay City Hall.