AHS girls cross-country team

At its meeting Tuesday night, the Auburn City Council honored the Auburn High girls cross-country team, passing a resolution recognizing the team's 2020 Class 7A state championship. The Tigers won the championship by 56 points, the largest point differential  between first and second place in program history. 

The state title is the team's fourth in a row. 

"Congratulations again to the Auburn High girls cross-country team for being a fantastic program and representing your community so well and really having a dynasty now," said Auburn Mayor Ron Anders after the video presentation. 

He also noted the accomplishment of Sangie Lincoln-Velez , who won individual gold, Abby Merner, who finished third, and Olivia Role, who finished 12th overall. 

He also noted the other members of the team, including Stella Stewart, EV McGowan, Lessye Gray, Elizabeth Nist, Myla Ragan, Mary Elizabeth Hadley, Sally Owen, Abby Brown and Olivia McNulty. 

Also at Tuesday's meeting, the City Council approved two items that will move along the planned relocation of the city's Environmental Services and Public Works departments. 

The Council unanimously approved a resolution that authorizes City Manager Jim Buston to contract Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood Inc. to provide architectural and engineering services for the project. The contract is estimated to be worth about $867,000. 

The Council also approved a resolution authorizing the purchase of about 63 acres along Wire Road near its  intersection with Beehive Road for the amount of $1.89 million. 

The relocation of Public Works and Environmental Services will provide much-need space, as well as allow the expansion of the Boykin Community Center campus to include a new branch of the public library and the Auburn Center for African American History and Culture. 

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