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Sylacauga City Council approves tax abatement for Blue Bell construction; moves closer to paving roads


SYLACAUGA, Ala. – During Tuesday’s work session, the Sylacauga City Council met with different entities to discuss improvements for the city.

The owner of Tate & Associates, Melva Tate, discussed different ways to partner with the council during the work session. Tate & Associates is a leadership consulting firm which specializes in business management and career development. Tate spoke to the council about building a partnership to assess where improvements in the city can be made.

Jon Hall spoke to the council about a red light on Coosa St. Hall brought the original petition from Sylacauga residents to move the red light to Park Street with the issue being traffic for Pinecrest Elementary School and Marble City Church.

The City Council President, Lee Perryman announced the highly-anticipated road paving project will begin next week.

The council also voted on the following items:

  • Approved request from Allen Sanders on behalf of Pursell Agri-Tech, LLC for rezoning of that certain property located at 500 East Ft. Williams Street from M-1 to M-2 (5-0)
  • Approved tax abatement request from Blue Bell Creameries, LP for the construction of a new production facility, a dry and refrigerated warehouse, and a truck shop, with a total capital investment of $7,535,000 and the hiring of up to 18 new employees (4-0)
  • Approved recommendation from Interim Director of Code Dept. Mike Whetstone to approve request from the Sylacauga Airport Authority to remove two fifty-foot towers and one 15′ x 15′ chain link fence from the airport facility and to declare same as surplus property no longer needed for municipal purposes, and authorizing disposal of said items through GovDeals online auction or other appropriate means (5-0)
  • Approved payment to Timmy R. Epperson in the amount of $6,844 and authorizing future payments, both pursuant to a settlement agreement, and authorizing Mayor Heigl to execute settlement agreement relative thereto (5-0)
  • Approved authorization of CDG Engineering to move forward with seeking bids based on estimates prepared by CDG for the TAP Grant Streetscape Improvement Project along Broadway Avenue/Hwy 21 between 3rd and 4th Streets (5-0)
  • Approved authorization of Engineering Environmental Forestry Services Company, PC (EEFS) to move forward with seeking bids based on 2018 Street Improvement/Paving Project based on approved street listing and estimates presented to Council on Jan. 4, 2018 (5-0)
  • Approved request from Fire Chief Adam Gardner to authorize a job posting for one Firefighter-Full-time position to fill the vacancy created by the Fire Chief promotion (5-0)
  • Approved travel/expenses for Code Administrative Secretary Shannon Plexico to attend the Alabama State Date Center LUCA (Local Update of Census Addresses) Training to be held in Montgomery, Feb. 22, 2018 (5-0)
  • Approved authorization of payments totaling $411,269.98 for payrolls for January 2018 (5-0)
  • Approved authorization of payments totaling @208,400.53 for balance of accounts payable invoices received for January 2018 (5-0)

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