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City won't OK billboard contract

By By MICHELE GERLACH Publisher
There will be fewer billboards in Brewton, thanks to action – or inaction – on the part of the Brewton City Council Tuesday night.
Gary Fondren and Chuck Riley, representing Bill Salter Outdoor Advertising, appeared before the council with an offer to renew the company's existing lease, which is about to expire, on the city property commonly known as the Lovelace property. The company has seven billboards on the property.
Fondren said Bill Salter was willing to increase its lease price to $50,000 to be paid over a 10-year period.
Mayor Ted Jennings told the company representatives that he would not recommend the lease be renewed.
When there was no response from the council, the proposal died for a lack of a motion.
In other business, the council: