CHIPLEY — The City of Chipley approved an agreement to receive Small Community Outreach Program (SCOP) and Rural Areas of Opportunity (ROA) funding in the amount of $407,682 in Tuesday night’s regular meeting.

CHIPLEY — The City of Chipley approved an agreement to receive Small Community Outreach Program (SCOP) and Rural Areas of Opportunity (ROA) funding in the amount of $407,682 in Tuesday night’s regular meeting.

 The funding will cover a project to resurface 5th Street and drainage improvements. Work should be completed by March of 2017.

The council approved a contract between the Chipley Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and the Washington County Chamber of Commerce for the Chamber to fund administrative services for the CRA at a rate of $2,075 monthly for a short term of Oct. 1 to Dec. 31 this year.

The CRA will continue to operate with its original goals, as much of the community is still considered a blighted area. The council adopted a resolution extending the tax increment financing redevelopment plans through 2045. 

In other financial business, the city acquired recent vehicle loans. Two loans for $24,999 and $44,462 were signed with Capital City Bank to purchase new utility trucks. A third loan of $23,365 was taken out to purchase a truck for the sanitation department.

Finally, the council discussed at length a shortage of downtown parking and the possible solution of attempting to recover some of the parking at the corner of 5th Street and Railroad Avenue that’s been unavailable since the Mongoven building was condemned and fenced off for public safety. The council passed a motion for city administrator Dan Miner to look into the cost of securing the building in a manner so the fence may be taken down.

The next workshop is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 3. The next regular meeting will be Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m.