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City awarded grant money for car, sewer

By By BILL CRIST – Publisher
Brewton Police Chief David (Mickey) Lovelace told the Brewton City Council during a meeting Tuesday that he had received a letter from Gov. Don Siegelman telling him that Brewton had been awarded a grant of $5,976 to purchase a surplus vehicle through the Law Enforcement Vehicle Program. Lovelace said that the department would use the money to purchase a 1998 Ford Taurus.
Lovelace also presented the city's animal control agreement with Escambia County. The agreement calls for the county to pay Brewton $40 for each animal that it brings to the city's animal shelter. The fee is an increase of $20 over the previous year's fee.
The council also approved a $367,688.85 community development block grant (CDBG) for a sewer rehabilitation project. Pensacola Concrete Construction Co submitted the winning bid. In addition to approving the grant, the council approved three resolutions related to its administration.
Brewton Mayor Ted Jennings opened Tuesday's city council meeting with congratulations to a pair of groups that recently accomplished a couple of impressive feats.
He was joined by each of the councilmen in congratulating all the coaches, players, cheerleaders and band members of the 2002 3A-state champion T.R. Miller Tigers football team. In addition to those directly involved with the team, the council pointed out how important the community's support was in accomplishing such a feat.
Jennings also said he was very impressed with the Downtown Open House hosted by several Brewton merchants on Dec. 5.
He went on to say that events like the open house are positive for the community, and the partnership between city government and the business community is a strong and valuable one.
Councilman Dennis Dunaway said the committee that is studying the parking of 18-wheeled tractor-trailers in Brewton is still studying ordinances from other cities to develop the best on for Brewton.
He said the committee has a target date of the first of the year to have an ordinance to introduce to the council.
In other business the council:
The council will not meet again in December. Jennings reminded everyone about the annual Blueberry Drop in Downtown Brewton on New Year's Eve.