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.
Dianne Little with Holmes County Community Health Clinic came before the council to inform the councilmen of their progress over the past year.
“We’ve been experiencing so many blessings at our clinic,” said Little. “Our clinic provides free help for any and all without insurance and is a ministry First Baptist Church of Bonifay. We operate completely on volunteers like Dr. Bailey and in the last 12 months we’ve seen over 250 people.”
She said she had added up the time and services provided by volunteers and estimated that they have saved the city around $50,000 in medical expenses.
“We are very proud and love what we are doing for our community,” said Little. “When we were here last year we weren’t sure where we were going to be in a year, but here we are seeing an average of 15 to 16 patients a day.”
She said the clinic is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first and third Saturday of every month and they are located one block East of First Baptist Church Bonifay near Bonifay Middle School Gym.
They would welcome donations like an extra desk, furniture and a computer and welcome any volunteer nurse practitioners.
The council approved of the Holmes County Mounted Posse holding their annual Veterans’ Day Parade starting at 10 a.m. on Nov. 9 down Waukesha Street in Bonifay and agreed to provide hotdogs lunches at Veterans’ Park after the parade.
“They sacrificed their lives so that we can be free,” said Joe Hardy with the Holmes County Mounted Posse. “The least we can do is show our appreciate by holding a parade in their honor.”
The next scheduled meeting of the Bonifay City Council is set for 6 p.m. on Oct. 14.