City of Bonifay prepares for rodeo with new fees

City prepares for rodeo with new fees

Dianne Little with Holmes County Community Health Clinic came before the Bonifay City Council during their Sept. 23 meeting to inform the council of their progress over the past year.

Published: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 02:03 PM.

BONIFAY — The Bonifay City Council decided on Monday to “get in on the action” of this year’s Northwest Florida Championship Rodeo by approving to charge a $200 fee for vendors to set up for three days on city property, which is in addition to the $100 vendor’s license they charge every year.

The council agreed to continue as they have in regards to exempting local churches from any fees.

“Businesses and other land owners are charging these vendors for setting up on their property and I think it’s about time we did too,” said Mayor Lawrence Cloud. “And from what I’m hearing we’re giving them a very good deal.”

The council approved of purchasing a John Deere excavator for $41,460, plus an additional tilt angle blade estimated at around $1,200, to be financed through the First Federal Bank at an interest rate of 2.5 percent.

“John Deere, CAT and Komatsu came and held a demonstration for us and gave us quotes to choose from,” said Cloud. “They all performed well but we can all agree that the John Deere has what we need for the job.”

The council agreed to put in an application to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Recreation and Parks for a Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program Grant in the amount of $50,000 for the further development of Middlebrooks Park.

The council also held the first reading of an ordinance to renew Gulf Power’s franchise agreement with the City of Bonifay and agreed to request a representative attend the next scheduled council meeting. Also the council approved  the final reading of Ordinance 386, which sets for the city’s budget.

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