BONIFAY — The Bonifay City Council took into consideration Council Member Roger Brooks’ suggestion to let the city attorney draft a resolution in opposition of the Gulf Power’s proposed seven percent rate increase during the city’s Aug. 26 meeting.
“This is going to be tough,” said Brooks. “This is going to hurt people, especially those on a fixed income. I can’t see how we can just sit here and let this happen to our people.”
City Grant Writer Bob Jones reminded the council that there would be a public hearing for the Capital Improvements Plan at 6 p.m. on Sept. 6.
“Basically this public hearing will be going over any and all ongoing projects the city has and will give you the ability to approve of the plan during your meeting on Sept. 9,” said Jones. “This gives the public an opportunity to become involved in the park project.”
The council was also reminded that they have a workshop set to speak with the Bonifay Kiwanis Club about city expenses at 6 p.m. on Aug. 29.
Assistant State Attorney Brandon Young came before the Bonifay City Council on behalf of the Bonifay Kiwanis Club to renegotiate a 50-year contract between the city and the club for the use of Memorial Field during the city’s Aug. 12 meeting.
“There is a 50-year agreement between the Bonifay Kiwanis Club and the City of Bonifay for the use of Memorial Field that was renewed in 1995,” said Young. “Before the Kiwanis Club would receive numerous bills to pay various people for jobs and this contract was arranged between the club and the city so that the club would pay one lump sum to the city to cover all the expenses associated with using Memorial Field for two events.”
Council Member Richard Woodham suggested that a workshop be held to negotiate the terms of the new contract.
“We’ve got to get together and compare expenses,” said Woodham. “We just want to get paid. We need to look at the expenses, do our homework and get back to you because it may be more or it may be less.”
Public Works Supervisor Jack Marell requested that the city hold off on paying the company that paved the city hall’s handicap parking spaces.
“You need to hold on to it until they come back and fix it because it is a mess,” said Marell.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Bonifay City Council is set for 6 p.m. on Sept. 9.