Childersburg authorizes mayor to sell industrial land
by Bill Kimber
Dec 04, 2013 | 657 views |  0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Childersburg City Council authorized Mayor B.J. Meeks to sell almost 40 acres of industrial land to Blair Block to help the company expand and broaden its line of concrete block products.

In a 4-2 vote, with Councilmen Jimmy Payne and Billy Lester voting against, Resolution 2013-19 passed giving the mayor the authority to sell the property.

The city acquired some 2,235 acres under the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act of 1988, land that once was home to the World War II ammunition plant that led to Childersburg’s growth. Blair Block will buy 39.86 acres for $119,580. Of that, $12,000 will be paid at closing and $10,758 will be paid each year for 10 years, with no interest charged.

“The construction of the facility and the creation of new jobs are vital to the continued growth and prosperity of the city of Childersburg and the conveyance of the subject property by the authority to Blair Block is highly advantageous,” the resolution said.

In another matter, the council approved a street light request for Hillcrest Lane, noting that the light can be placed on a pole across the street from 30 Hillcrest. Meeks said the city pays some $108,000 per year for streetlights, not including traffic lights.

City clerk Sandra Donahoo urged residents to report to City Hall or Alabama Power any streetlights that do not work. She said the city pays a monthly fee for each light, whether it works or not.

Council members also approved spending $600 for training for one city employee to get a commercial driver license with passenger bus endorsement.

The council also approved registration for the advanced EMT program at Jefferson State Community College for two employees. Registration is $1,670 per student, plus associated fees of up to $125 for each student.

Prior to the meeting, Parks and Recreation director Howard Smith reported to the council about a problem with the gym floor at the R.S. Limbaugh Community Center. He said an area about three feet across has buckled.

During their meeting, council members agreed to have Smith find out what caused the problem and get quotes to have it fixed.

The council meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.

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