Lights, batting cages, golf carts: city council approves quality of life purchases

Last week, Andalusia City Council voted to continue improving the quality of life for local residents by adding more lights and a new Christmas stage in Candyland, adding a batting cage at Johnson Park and upgrading day golf carts at Evans Barns Golf Course.

When Christmas in Candyland opens on the first weekend of December, the blue lights covering the main entrances to Court Square will be extended to South Three Notch Street, stretching from Square to Dunson Street. The design will be similar to those used on East Three Notch and Church Street, as well as the entrance to Springdale on Ice.

The council also authorized the purchase of additional lighted decor for the Springdale Pond area and materials for the construction of a new stage. The purchases, from Layher and Jubilee Décor, are expected to total $ 35,000. Candyland takes place every weekend in December and draws thousands of people to downtown Andalusia.

Development director Andy Wiggins said the city has previously used flatbed trailers for the stage. The new stage will also be used for July Jamz and other events, he said.

The city will also be building a new batting cage at Johnson Park. The facility, which will be easily accessible from the parking lot behind the Miracle League park and pitch, will be built by city teams.

Meanwhile, Yamaha of Smyrna, Ga., Was the lowest bidder for a new golf cart lease for the Evans Barns Golf Course. The auction was $ 1,223 per month for 36 months.

In other matters, counsel:

  • Approved its budget of $ 22.4 million for fiscal year 2021-2022, which begins October 1. The budget includes a projected increase in revenue of $ 1.2 million over last year and an increase of just 3.5% in expenses, most of which relate to insurance premiums and payments to the health care system. state retirement, Mayor Earl Johnson said.

The budget includes expenditures of $ 21.06 million; $ 250,000 in contingency funds; and $ 1.17 for the capital improvement account.

  • Has agreed to reimburse a portion of sales taxes collected at a planned new convenience store on a three-acre parcel at the intersection of West Bypass and Dunson Street. The $ 2.5 million development plan also provides for an office / professional building on the property.

The board has agreed to reimburse an amount equal to 2% of the sales taxes collected at the convenience store for the first three years of operation. Mr. Anthony King is the developer of Cenergy # 4 convenience store.

  • After hearing a presentation from Dr. Alison Jackson-Wood, executive director of Bethesda House, the county’s domestic violence shelter, agreed to provide $ 20,000 in funding for the facility.
  • The discounted properties are located at 612 S. Three Notch Street; 605 East Three Notch St .; 101, rue Pecan; and 430 West Watson St. for weeds and grasses.

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