CHIPLEY - Members of the Chipley City Council quickly wrapped up their regular meeting Tuesday night after hearing from residents of Chestnut Street who protest the location of the proposed driveway for a new convenience story (see separate story, Page A1 of the July 12 edition of the Washington County News).
Council members also heard from Chipley Redevelopment Agency (CRA) President Ted Everett, who asked the council to give a formal vote regarding two improvement grants the CRA has available.
Everett pointed out the city had previously agreed to support the grants but had not actually voted on them.
The grants in question are a Special Improvement Grant intended to help cover facade improvements such as painting and awning and door replacements for residents within the CRA district, and a $6,000 commercial grant, geared to making electrical improvements for businesses within the CRA district.
Everett pointed out the city and CRA needs to consider bundling the grants due to lack of interest from local contractors, making it difficult for residents to receive two bids as required by grant guidelines.
Council members agreed to take Everett's suggestion allow the CRA to reopen the bid process.
In other action, council members heard audit results for the 2012 - 2013 fiscal year, conducted by Carr, Riggs, & Ingram.
"The city is in good shape," said the representative, whose only advice was for some existing debt to be refinanced at lower rates.
Council members also approved renewing the non-exclusive franchise to Waste Management, Inc. of Florida for the collection and disposal of residential and commercial solid waste collection. This contract is in effect until May 31, 2017.