City re-hires J.W. Brannen as lobbyist for another year

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By Blenda Copeland

As another legislative session is in progress in Montgomery, the City of Phenix City has re-hired for another year the lobbying services of J.W. Brannen.

Brannen’s contract was approved through his business LLC’s name, Scenic Properties LLC. He will be paid no more than $17,500 for the year.

In other highlights from the Phenix City Council meeting Tuesday, the council:

-Has agreed to pay $14,950 in an agreement with Municipal Code Corporation to recodify the city’s code of ordinances

-Approved a resolution in support of “appropriate legislative action for the highway extension of Interstate 14 to and through Phenix City”

-Approved the expenditure of $75,000 to improve traffic flow at Hidden Hills development (a Phenix City Public Housing project)

-Approved, proactively, the purchase of a 3-ton split system heat pump ($4,788.66) to replace one at the Lakewood Golf Course pro shop that is already showing impending signs of failure

-Approved Pyrotecnico Fireworks Inc.’s rental of the Roy Martin Center to conduct a fire training seminar March 3 (area neighbors should expect notification soon; it will also be posted on the city’s digital billboards around town); the training will consist of intermittent setting off of fewer than 200 live shells around the area of the Idle Hour’s Cliff Farrar Tennis courts/overflow parking area.