BONIFAY – Bonifay City Council welcomed back ex-skateboarder and youth mentor Chris Hummel as he continues his endeavors to create a youth friendly environment at the skate park next to the Bonifay Recreational Center with further discussion during Monday night’s meeting.
Hummel made his first appearance during the last meeting proposing to help renovate a vandalized building next to the skate park to create a youth friendly environment and hold regular events that would give the youth a safe and fun place to spend their summer and weekends while spreading a positive message.
During Monday night’s meeting City Attorney Lucas Taylor informed the Council that he had reviewed all of the legal requirements and wavers with Hummel and that they were in full agreement, signing all the necessary paper work.
Council approved that Hummel could use the area under the agreed guidelines and that Council member Roger Brooks would have authority to approve any improvements Hummel wished to do to the building within reason.
- Brooks informed the Council that there have been complaints about mosquitoes and requested that when the mosquito sprayer starts that he starts on the south-east end of Bonifay where there is large bodies of standing water.
- Council approved of canceling the regular meeting of the Bonifay Council on May 26 in observance of Memorial Day.
- Council approved of their annual request to the Holmes County Board of County Commissioners for the amount of $60,000 for the Street Department and $60,000 for the Bonifay Fire Department.
- Bonifay received the bids for the excavator they intend on purchasing and approved to take each of the bids under consideration to bring for approval during a special called meeting later on in the month.
- Council member Richard Woodham suggested that the City take up random drug testing for City employees and the Council agreed to inform the employees that random drug testing would begin the next month, pulling an employee’s name randomly once a month.
- Council agreed that there have been an issue recently with landscapers and lawn maintenance employed by residents dumping their cuttings in the streets and having them clog gutters and wash into the sewers. They agreed to send warning letters to those landscapers and lawn maintenance employees of possible fines associated with their actions.