According to Economic Development Authority Director Calvin Miller, the 10-year abatement for Atlas Roofing Collection absolves them from an estimated $650,000 to $700,000 in taxes as they begin building their facility near Sylacauga-Fayetteville Highway in Sylacauga.
The projected construction end date for the new business, specializing in the manufacture of slip sheets and foam facers, is scheduled for Nov. 30, 2014.
District 3 Commissioner Kelvin Cunningham stressed the addition of new jobs within the county made it easy for the commission to approve abatement the more than $15 million capital investment.
“Of course, bringing the jobs is the most important thing,” Cunningham said. “With the abatement of the taxes, it doesn’t include the school taxes, so this brings in more income for our schools. The jobs are the number one concern though, and we hope (Miller) and those involved can continue bringing us businesses. Small businesses really matter, and we certainly like them. I don’t want you think we don’t appreciate the bigger ones, but there are more smaller ones than larger ones.”
The new facility will open Dec. 1, 2014.
District 4 Commissioner Jimmy Roberson did not attend the meeting due to an illness.
In other business, the commission:
O Voted 4-0 to amend the meeting agenda.
O Unanimously approved the Sept. 30 meeting minutes.
O Voted 4-0 to approve county Emergency Management Agency alert notification manager Scott Murphree’s request to apply for two Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness Grants totaling a combined $30,883.59.
O Unanimously approved Murphree’s request to apply for a Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Murphree said the grant will fund the update to the local mitigation plan.
O Voted 4-0 to approve Murphree’s request to seek bids for a small bucket truck.
O Unanimously approved County Engineer Tim Markert’s request to execute three Quit Claim Deeds necessary for resurfacing County Road 511 between Childersburg and Sylacauga.
O Voted 4-0 to approve County Administrator Wayne Hall’s recommendation to award the custodial supplies bid to Brannon’s Office City. Hall said of the 19 items on the bid list, Brannon’s was low on all but two items.
O Unanimously approved Hall’s request to award the bid for the Sylacauga Courthouse Annex re-roofing project to Alabama Roofing and Sheet Metal Co. in Birmingham. The company represented the lowest responsible bid at $77,984.
O Voted 4-0 to approve a maintenance contract with Motorola regarding the 800 MHz radio system.
O Unanimously approved conference and training requests for five Highway Department employees. Mark Crew, Shawn McComb and Larry Roberson will attend a Three Day Bridge Class in Auburn Oct. 21-23. Bryan Flora will attend the 2013 Alabama Association of Floodplain Managers conference in Auburn Oct. 21-23. Markert will attend the Alabama Society of Professional Land Surveyors 47th Surveying and Mapping Conference in Montgomery Oct. 22-25. All conferences were included in the fiscal year 2014 budget.
O Voted 4-0 to approve four new hires at the Talladega County Jail. Daniel Bethune, Brian Hardy, Cayla Hardy and Katelyn Hall will serves as correctional officers effective Oct. 21. The new hires were included in budget.
O Unanimously approved a promotion for Revenue Department employee Patti Waites effective Oct. 14. The promotion was included in the budget.
O Voted 4-0 to approve expenditures.
O Announced a public hearing Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. for the purpose of considering and receiving comments regarding the petition by Mount Sharon Baptist Church for the vacation of a portion of Goins Road.
O Announced the next commission meeting is scheduled for Oct. 28 at 6 p.m.
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