BONIFAY — “I’ve been doing research about code enforcement,” said Bonifay City Mayor Lawrence Cloud during the City Council meeting on Monday, Dec. 10.
“We’ve been getting complaints about our city. I’ve got a copy of the code enforcement from another city for the attorney to review and bring back to the next meeting,” Cloud said.
One of the owners of the Merchants parking lot said they were interested in the city paving the parking lot, however the parking lot is owned by three people and two, according to the council, aren’t interested in relinquishing that portion of land to the city.
“We were ready and willing to pave that parking lot, maintain it and put up lights,” said Councilman Roger Brooks. “The other two owners just aren’t willing to deed that small bit of land to the city for maintenance. They could have a very nice, well lit parking lot but there’s nothing we can do.”
Resident Ray Brooks once again came before the council with concerns about the streets and water and sewer lines of Bonifay.
Brooks said that he had seen unmarked trucks coming in on the street of his residence to do patchwork on the intended areas of the road. He said that he was concerned because he thought it could be due to a separation of sewer line joints.
He said that he had a similar experience some time ago when his toilet kept backing up and advised the council that if similar occurrences should happen to the residents on that street then it could be the pipes.
The council members thanked Brooks for his concern and participation.
City Attorney Lucas Taylor updated the council on their recent lawsuit with the owner of the old truck stop on State Road 90 in regards to an easement with a water line.
Taylor advised that as long as the water line wasn’t in use and was cut off from the main line, then the council should perform a quick claim deed back to the owner and back out of the case. The council approved of doing so.
Council also approved of cancelling the meeting on Monday, Dec. 24 due to it being Christmas Eve. The next regularly scheduled meeting is set for 6 p.m. on Jan. 14 at the Bonifay City Hall.