Woodruff sworn in as new municipal judge in Munford
by Shane Dunaway
Jan 14, 2014 | 797 views |  0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Munford Town Council voted unanimously to approve a $4.4 million tax abatement extension request from Alabama Specialty Products representative Nicole Finley during their monthly meeting Tuesday.

Finley proposed to extend the abatement by two years in order to make capital improvements that will result in 25 new jobs within a couple years. The company currently employs 214 people.

“The lasers are very expensive, so it takes a lot of money to build all the processes that we use out there,” Finley said. “We included $200,000 for the expansion of new buildings if we need to add onto anything and an additional $200,000 for computers that are needed for the office personnel.”

Mayor David Dabbs supported the company’s bid for abatement.

“We’ve been doing this along with the county for about six years,” Dabbs said. “They’re growing, buying more property, adding more buildings and employing more people while trying to add new jobs,” Dabbs said. “The economy’s been up and down. They were around 240-250 employees at one time, but they’re juggling back and forth. Sometimes they have more and sometimes they have less. This abatement will help them proceed with business on the equipment they need to buy.”

In other business, the council:

O Approved the Dec. 3 meeting minutes.

O Swore in new Municipal Judge Chad Woodruff. The council appointed Woodruff as the town’s judge during the Dec. 3 meeting.

O Voted 5-0 to approve financial reports delivered by Councilman Lee Garrison.

O Approved a request from recreational board member Deonne Clark to attend the upcoming Alabama Parks and Recreation State Conference in Hoover. The request included approving $440 for expenses.

O Voted 5-0 to approve spending $400 to send Munford Police Chief Jeff Rutledge to an upcoming active shooter training conference in Orange Beach. The conference helps Rutledge meet his annual requirement of 20 executive hours of training.

O Heard Munford Volunteer Fire Department representative Christina Gurley’s request for documentation stating the department is leasing the current building in which they’re located. Dabbs said he would talk to a lawyer to see if they can come up with the documentation.

Contact Shane Dunaway at sdunaway@dailyhome.com