Commission increases and extends tax abatement for IKO
by Shane Dunaway
Dec 09, 2013 | 1192 views |  0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Talladega County Commission unanimously approved increasing and extending a tax abatement for IKO Southeast Inc. during a meeting held Monday.

According to Economic Development Authority Director Calvin Miller, the roofing products company applied for abatement on a $63 million capital improvement project, but since construction began, company representatives had determined the total cost of the project totals nearly $145 million.

Miller said the reason the company applied for an extension on the abatement was because the project would not be completed until June 2014.

The commission’s approval of the amended abatement exempts IKO Southeast Inc. from nearly $4 million in taxes related to the project.

In an unrelated item, Miller presented a resolution recommending the commission provide more than $175,000 from the portion of the 2-cent rural sales tax designated for rural water development for a $229,000 project to extend a water line out to the $20 million Civilian Marksmanship Program project site.

County Administrator Wayne Hall asked Miller if the resolution had been approved by the legislative delegation, to which Miller responded affirmatively.

The commission unanimously approved supporting the project.

Goins Road once again became a featured topic of the meeting as the commission yet again voted to table a request to vacate a portion of the road.

Following the request to table, District 4 Commissioner and Chairman Jimmy Roberson discussed findings from a committee appointed to make recommendations regarding the road.

The committee suggested County Engineer Tim Markert talk to the property owner on the opposite side of Mt. Sharon Baptist Church to determine fair market value for a 50-foot easement that would straighten Goins Road while simultaneously shifting traffic away from the area near the church that presented safety concerns.

The commission unanimously approved the committee’s recommendation.

District 2 Commissioner John Luker did not attend the meeting because of work-related matters.

In other business, the commission:

O Unanimously approved County Emergency Management Agency Director Deborah Gaither’s request to accept and approve signing the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program agreement for the amount of $20,625.

O Voted 4-0 to reject bids for a bucket truck received by EMA Alert Notification Manager Scott Murphree.

O Unanimously approved Murphree’s request to seek new bids for a bucket truck with new specifications provided by Murphree.

O Voted 4-0 to approve Markert’s request to seek bids for the Autumn Lane Industrial Access Project.

O Unanimously approved Markert’s request to add Waters Edge Road to the county maintenance map.

O Voted 4-0 to approve Hall’s request on behalf of Talladega County Sheriff Jimmy Kilgore to decline renewal of services from Securus Technologies and to seek another company to go through for inmate telephone services. The contract with Securus expires April 2014.

O Unanimously approved Hall’s request to accept an 800 MHz equipment inventory transfer from the now-defunct Alabama Regional Communications System.

O Voted 4-0 to approve Hall’s budget amendment recommendation to reduce the city’s juvenile program budget due to a decrease in revenue. The amendment decreases the office supplies account from $6,535 to $4,993 since the city of Oak Grove is not participating in the program.

O Unanimously approved sending Probate Judge Billy Atkinson and Probate Clerk Lawana Patterson to the Probate Judges Association’s Conference Jan. 12-15 in Montgomery. The conference request was included in the fiscal year 2014 budget.

O Voted 4-0 to accept the completed required certification period for Talladega County Jail employees Ethan Turney and Jeremy Denty effective Nov. 21.

O Unanimously approved completed probationary periods for corrections officer Susan Curtis effective Dec. 2 and Revenue Department customer service representative Kara Wright effective Dec. 17.

O Voted 4-0 to approve the termination of corrections officer Kalia Cavender effective Nov. 19.

O Unanimously approved the resignation of corrections officer Katelyn Hall effective Dec. 14.

O Voted 4-0 to approve hiring corrections officer Christopher Hurst effective Nov. 13, and Highway Department temporary employee Gerald Hyde effective Dec. 2.

O Unanimously approved a Family and Medical Leave Act request from Wright effective Jan. 6.

O Voted 4-0 to approve the retirement of Maintenance Department custodian Laura Groce effective Dec. 31.

O Unanimously approved expenditures.

O Announced offices will be closed Dec. 24 and Dec. 25 for the Christmas holiday.

O Announced the next commission meeting will be held Dec. 31 at noon.

Contact Shane Dunaway at sdunaway@dailyhome.com