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City seeking FAA grant

The proposed fuel farm construction at the Brewton Municipal Airport may be able to move ahead in the near future if an application made by the City of Brewton is approved.

City Clerk John Angel told councilmen during Tuesday’s meeting that an application for a Federal Aviation Administration grant will now move forward in an effort to secure funding for the project at the airport.

“If we are approved the grant would be a 90, 5 and 5 grant,” Angel said. “The FAA would fund 90 percent of the cost with the state picking up 5 percent and the City of Brewton picking up the remaining 5 percent.”

Angel said the total cost of the project is estimated at just over $216,000 with the city’s 5 percent match at just under $5,500.

Also during Tuesday’s meeting, the council agreed to enter into an additional three-year contract with Allied Waste for garbage collection in the city.

Brewton Mayor Ted Jennings said the city had been doing business with the garbage collection service for nine years and has been pleased with service.

“We have been working with Allied for several years and I believe that it would be beneficial for the city to enter into another three-year contract,” Jennings said. “They have agreed to give the city some complimentary services which would be cost saving for us.”

In the contract, Allied Waste agreed to give the city complimentary pick-up of front end containers, which Jennings said would save the city about $700 per year. Allied also agreed to provide roll-off containers at no additional charge to the city during Earth Day events each year during the course of the contract.

In other business, the council approved a USGS River Gauge Joint Funding Agreement to include gauges at Conecuh River and U.S. 41, Murder Creek at U.S. 41 and Burnt Corn Creek at U.S. 41. Angel said officials with Georgia Pacific had approached the city and asked the Conecuh River gauge be reinstated with GP paying the city portion of the fees associated with that gauge. The total cost of the gauges would be $50,300.

Considering the cost sharing from GP, the City of Brewton would see costs of just over $17,000 for the service;

• Approved holidays for the upcoming fiscal year with no changes. The approval grants 10 holidays to city employees.