Opelika council approves purchase of police vehicles [Opelika-Auburn News, Ala.]
(Opelika-Auburn News (AL) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Oct. 17--Following the approval of rates and charges for services associated with the city's new fiber-optic network, the Opelika City Council also approved a slew of other agenda items Tuesday night.
Two items that were approved by the council were additional vehicles for the Opelika Police Department. During the meeting, the council approved the purchase of three 2014 Chevy Tahoes for a total of $78,850.20, as well as four 2014 Ford F-150 Supercrew pickup trucks for a total of $108,595. Police Chief John McEachern said the trucks would be used by the detective division and that they needed them in order to maintain a large amount of equipment used on the job.
The council also honored 26 city employees that had worked in Opelika five years or more. The department with the most honorees was the police department, which had 12 officers honored during the meeting.
During the work session, Mayor Gary Fuller announced that a total of 2,673 citations had been issued since May from the four red light traffic cameras. The cameras are located at intersections of Gateway Drive and Frederick Road, U.S. Highway 280 and Pepperell Parkway, U.S. Highway 431 and Samford Avenue, as well as Gateway Drive and Interstate Drive.
In addition, it was announced that starting Thursday, Old Opelika Road would be closed for work and reopened Oct. 24. Traffic will be redirected onto Bradford Drive during the closure.
In other business, the council:
--held the second and final reading of amendments to the zoning ordinance regarding brewpubs and micro-distilleries;
--approved a contract with Foresite Group for $21,900 to install a traffic signal at Gateway Drive and Capps Landing near the location of the upcoming movie theater;
--approved an annual appropriation of $35,000 to the Boys & Girls Club;
--approved an annual appropriation of $2,000 to Valley Haven School;
--approved an annual appropriation of $70,000 to the Opelika Chamber of Commerce;
--approved a special appropriation of $2,500 to the Museum of East Alabama;
--held the first reading of a lounge retail liquor license for Murf Mart Package;
--approved a request from Opelika Main Street to change the temporary street closures for the annual On the Tracks event Oct. 18.
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