If built, the industry would represent a $49.5 million investment, said Calvin Miller, executive director of the Talladega County Economic Development Authority. Miller asked the council to approve a resolution exempting the industry from paying state and local property taxes not earmarked for schools for 10 years, as well as construction-related sales taxes and mortgage and recording taxes. School taxes would not be exempted.
Miller said the industry targets having 25 employees and a $2 million payroll after two years of operation.
City Clerk Sandra Donahoo said the council’s action is one step in the industrial recruitment process, and is not the final hurdle before a factory is built. She said state officials would have final say over whether the taxes are abated.
Council members also heard from District Attorney Steve Giddens, who requested the city’s continuing support for the Talladega County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force. He said the cooperative effort of governments in Childersburg, Sylacauga, Talladega, Lincoln and Talladega County have made the task force work. “Drugs are a major problem here and nationwide,” Giddens said.
Childersburg provided almost $30,000 in support to the task force this year, and Giddens asked for the same amount next year. Council members indicated they would consider the request when they work on next fiscal year’s budget.
In another law enforcement matter, the council approved the hiring of new police officer Tim Collier.
In other business the council:
Appointed Sandra Woodruff as the city’s representative on the Cheaha Mental Health Board, to fill the unexpired term of Charlie Woodruff. The term expires April 1, 2015.
Approved travel and training expenses for elected officials to attend a municipal officials training session Sept. 24 in Montgomery, at a cost of $100 each.
Heard that Trey Cleckler has resigned from the Parks and Recreation Board.
Met Miriam Thornton, the city’s new liaison from the Talladega County Emergency Management Agency.
Heard that exterior painting is complete at the Butler Harris Rainwater Museum, as well as painting several interior rooms.
Heard Councilwoman Michele Mizzell request community support for the fourth annual Race to Save the Grist Mill, a 5K run/walk scheduled for Oct. 12. The event is held to raise funds for ongoing renovation and upkeep of the historic Kymulga Grist Mill, Covered Bridge and Park. Sponsorship forms and registration information are available at www.kymulgagristmill.com.
The council meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at City Hall.