BONIFAY – Bonifay City Council granted one woman a temporary home after she lost hers to Michael.
Gail Works home was destroyed when Hurricane Michael fell trees onto it. In order to stay in Bonifay, Works purchased a mobile home with insurance funds to place on her property until she is able to rebuild.
"I was only able to afford a 1998 mobile home," said Works. "I am going to rebuild, but I needed a place to live in until I can. I want to stay in Bonifay."
A variance for placement of a mobile home on a temporary basis was approved when the Bonifay City Council met in regular session on November 26.
Under city ordinance, mobile homes older than 10 years are not allowed inside city limits with the exception of a hardship. The council agreed that this was a hardship.
Unanimous approval will allow Works to have the mobile home placed on the foundation of the existing structure once it has been demolished.
Also at the meeting, the council approved the renewal of Attorney Michelle Blankenship Jordan’s contract. Jordan has been with the city for two years come January. Jordan will be closing her private practice to concentrate solely on government law, something she feels God has led her to do.
"I represent several municipalities as well as other government entities," said Jordan. "I feel as though God is leading me to focus solely on this type of law."
Ridgewood Apartments owner Tom Farmer came before the council requesting help finding a solution concerning the rising costs of the water bill at the complex.
Farmer says that just one year ago, average usage for the 14 units during one month was around 28,000 gallons where now it is at 129,000 gallons. The cost one year ago was $285 and is currently $955. Farmer says he has fixed all the things that could cause the issue and cannot find a leak anywhere and is asking the city to help find a solution to the problem.
Public Works Director Jack Marell was tasked by the council to aide Farmer in finding what the problem is so the issue can be resolved.
Bonifay Fire Rescue will be hosting the annual Christmas in the Park on December 8. Santa will arrive at 6 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park where there will be games, hot dogs, and a bonfire. Everyone is invited to attend.
Bonifay City Council will meet again in regular session at 6 p.m. on December 10.