Auburn Private Dormitory Development

Auburn City Council will vote to approve a new private-student dormitory on Armstrong Street at Tuesday's meeting.

A vote to approve a new student private dormitory on Armstrong street was originally scheduled for Auburn’s City Council meeting Tuesday night, has been rescheduled for Dec. 3.

The dormitory is slated for 355 Armstrong St. on the lot of a current single family home.Buckaroo Enterprises needs the council to approve rezoning.

Council members have questioned Buckaroo Enterprises about parking, where the spaces would be located, how large the development would be, floor plans and layouts among other things.

Aerial photography

City Council approved a resolution for a contract with Kucera International, Inc. Aerial Photography.This contract is a part of a broader effort between Kucera and the city of Auburn, the city of Opelika, Lee County and Auburn University to assess infrastructure needs.

Kucera International will provide aerial photography to these entities with an overall budget of over $504,000 — the city of Auburn will provide a little under $183,000 for its share.

“The aerial photography is used extensively to locate, identify and measure city assets and to aid in the city’s growth, infrastructure, and Public Safety planning efforts,” said Gregory C. Nelson, chief information officer, in a memorandum to City Manager Jim Buston.

Sales-tax holiday

Auburn joined several other cities within Alabama to declare the last full weekend in February as the 2020 Severe Weather Preparedness Tax Holiday.

City Council voted to approve the declaration on Tuesday. The tax holiday will exempt certain items from the state’s 4 percent rate.

“We’re a community that is not even a year removed from a horrible weather situation and so this is just a time for people to go purchase things that they never think about until they need them and to be mindful of those things,” Mayor Ron Anders.

These items would be the type of things to help a person prepare in an emergency, such as cellphone batteries and chargers, powered lights like flashlights, first aid kits, smoke alarms and others.

The council recognized several city employees were recognized for years of service, up to 35 years in departments such as the Environmental Services Department, Finance Department and the Economic Development Department.

Other business

Several other items were approved at Auburn’s City Council meeting, including:

» American Multicinema, Inc. d/b/a AMC Classic Auburn 14 for retail beer and and retail table wine.

» A restaurant retail liquor alcohol license for Royal Doener, LLC.

» A development agreement with SMB Land, LLC for the Camden West Development.

» Otto Environmental Systems, LLC to purchase 560, 95-gallon carts for close to $25,000.

» A purchase of fire alerting equipment for Fire Stations 2 and 3 from US Digital Designs, Inc for over $68,000.

» Purchase of a four-door pumper truck from Sutphen Corporation for over $478,000.

» Approval of two positions to the Building Board of Adjustments and Appeals on Tuesday in addition to an appointment to the Educational Building Authority.

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