BONIFAY – An interlocal agreement activating the 79 Corridor Committee was approved June 11 when the Bonifay City Council met in regular session.

 The 79 Corridor Project will bring water and sewer facilities from Bonifay in Holmes County, south to Douglas Ferry Road in Washington County. With Bonifay’s approval of the interlocal agreement 2 (ILA2), all that remains is Holmes County Board of County Commissioners and Washington County Board of County Commissioners to vote to approve the measure. Each of the entities are expected to sign the agreement over the course of the next week.

Council member Ricky Callahan made the motion to approve the measure contingent on the counties approval of the same.

“I move we approve the agreement, providing the counties give their approval as well,” said Callahan.

The council approved the agreement in a unanimous vote.

The signing of the agreement will establish the Authority and allow the existing planning committee to abdicate. The Authority will be made up of three members, a representive from each county commission and a representative of the City of Bonifay. A general manager will be hired who will oversee the project design and construction.

Once completed, this area will provide utilities in place to attract businesses looking to locate or relocate a business and create jobs, officials said.

In other business, the council approved invoices payable to Mott Macdonald for their work on the water system rehabilitation project. Invoices totaling $56,360.05 will be paid out the general fund coffers but will be reimbursed to the city from the state revolving fund grant totaling $50,000.

The council also approved having six trees in various locations throughout the town to be removed by Easy Care Tree Service due to safety hazards they impose. The total cost of the project will be $3,000.

Bonifay City Council will meet again in regular session at 6 p.m. on June 25.