After completing a successful year providing concessions for Piedmont’s aquatic center, Kevin Fagan approached the council, on Tuesday, seeking an automatic renewal for the concessions contract. Following some hesitation and a failed attempt by Council Member Brenda Spears to table the vote, the council agreed to the auto-renewal, with Council Member Mary Bramblett abstaining. The new contract can be dissolved with a 30-day notice from either party.
Then, seeking to establish a Mexican restaurant in a city owned building, Fagan requested a business agreement similar to one he has with the city concerning the pool concessions. Instead of charging monthly rent and utilities fees, the city would get a cut of his profits. Currently the city gets 40 percent of the concessions gross sales.
Mayor Bill Baker felt confident the city could come to an agreement, but Council Member Frank Cobb didn’t agree, arguing that he didn’t “think that the city needs to get in the restaurant business.” However, city project manager Carl Hinton, told the council that the city would actually come out better financially under this type of agreement. No action was taken on the measure.
The council also agreed to demolish three dilapidated homes on Morgan Avenue, Riddle Avenue, and Taylor Street.
Additionally, the council authorized a beer and wine license for Solid Rock Café.
Bills for payment were approved in the amount of $270,793.15 in addition to a payroll amount of $118,115.34 for a total of $388,908.49 with Council Member Brenda Spears abstaining. Additionally, as of July 31st, there was a total of $1,401,628.43 remaining in bond accounts.
The next regular Piedmont City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 1st, at 6 pm.