Bonifay – The Bonifay City Council agreed to help with a local’s endeavor to help the youth during their regular meeting on April 28 by using what they already have, a vandalized building at the Bonifay Recreational Center near the skating park.
“We want to create a youth outreach program using the vandalized building near the skate park,” said Chris Hummel. “I’m willing to pay out of my own pocket to repair, rebuild and expand the building to teach children about why some things are wrong and to organize youth events. As a former troubled youth I want to reach out to them and teach them that they weren’t given the talents they have to be wasted to drugs and alcohol.”
Council agreed that it would be a worthwhile investment.
“If it’s for the kids, I’m all for it,” said Council member Richard Woodham.
Lora Ponds with the Bonifay Down Home Street Festival came to the meeting to say that this year’s event was one of the biggest in the history of the event, bringing in over 5,000 visitors and dozens more vendors.
Ponds also presented Bonifay Police Department with a check for $1,000 and the Bonifay Fire Department $3,000, thanking them for the services they provided to not only the festival each year but the services they provide every day of the year.
Dr. Patrick Hawkins informed the Council that he would soon be moving his practice to the west side of 79 near the interstate and requested for help to provide sewer connection to the new building.
After much discussion the Council agreed to table the matter until all avenues could be considered and would be brought up again at the next meeting.
Griffith Subdivision was brought up again with City Attorney Lucas Taylor explaining the past meetings and where they were at now.
A developer came in with a proposed subdivision, paving a road through private property and proposed to give it to the city for maintenance, Taylor explained, but the city disapproved because of the road being damaged.
The developer then returned and agreed to repair the roads and then it was brought to the developer’s attention that the subdivision could now be tied into the city’s sewer system with the developer saying they didn’t think it wasn’t economically feasible because before they would’ve had to include a lift station for the residential units.
“Basically the burden is on the developer as to if they want to reconfigure to attach to the sewer or if they want to continue with septic tanks,” said Taylor.
Council member Roger Brooks informed the Council that there were several phone calls made from parents asking when the water park at Middlebrooks Park would be turned back on.
After much discussion the Council agreed to have a city employee to turn on the water from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day from Monday to Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays for the summer starting Monday, May 5.
Woodham brought before the idea of purchasing a small excavator to move dirt and clear out ditches and agreed to bring machine specs back to the next meeting.
The next meeting of the Bonifay City Council is set for 6 p.m. on May 13.