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October 9, 2013

County abates $660K for Mach III expansion

The Cullman County Commission approved a $660,000 tax abatement Tuesday for a new facility for an industrial machine shop in the Battleground area.

The county will abate all taxes except those for education for the next 10 years for Mach III, Inc., a secondary supplier to local automanufacturers. The abatement will cover new equipment and machinery at its location on Cullman County 1101. The company has been in business for the past 13 years after being started by Brian Willingham, Bruce Willingham, and Roy Manley.

“We’re going to be moving new equipment in this week, and we hope to be up and running within the month,” said Manley,  Mach III vice president. “We’re going from being in two buildings with a combined 5,000-square-feet to one 12,000-square-foot building.”

In May, the commission previously approved a $300,000 abatement for land and Mach III’s new building. The expansion is expected create five new jobs.

In other business, the  county commission:

 Approved new continuity of government plan drafted by the Cullman County Emergency Management Agency which guarantees the county government will continue to operate in the event of a crisis.

 Approved new continuity of operations plan drafted by EMA which outlines how county government will operate in the event of a crisis, for example, the establishment of new operating sites and emergency vendors.

 Approved memorandum of understanding with American Red Cross and the EMA. In the event of a disaster, the two agencies will form a partnership for emergency shelters which will be managed by the Red Cross.

 Authorized Chairman Kenneth Walker to sign 2014 agency agreement for Alabama Department of Youth Services’ $200,000 grant. The grant covers the salaries for youth advocates who work with at-risk teens, ages 12-17.

 Authorized Commission on Aging Director Randall Shedd to sign host agency agreement with North-Central Alabama Regional Council of Governments. Employees will be covered by the county’s workman compensation insurance.

 Tabled until Oct. 22 meeting approval of $36,101 renovation of Juvenile Probation Services office by low-bidder Eidson & Associates in Cullman.

 Approved $6,561.97 purchase from Donna Richter Interiors for screen shades and fixed panels for windows at the Cullman County Economic Development (CCED) office on Fourth Avenue Northeast which is being renovated.

 Approved $1,000 for Veteran’s Day memorial ceremony Saturday, Nov. 9 at Veteran’s Park.

 Approved Memory Ride to use south parking lot at courthouse for staging area from 12-1 p.m. Oct. 19.

 Ratified following personnel actions: Dena Williamson with Smith Lake Park moving to part-time help at Stony Lonesome OHV Park; Donna Marcella with Cullman Area Regional Transportation System (CARTS) becoming permanent dispatcher; Heath Stewart with CCED becoming permanent web and graphic design employee; Tommy Shickles with water department becoming permanent employee and resignation of Michael Cook with Cullman County Detention Facility.

County Commission will hold a work session 8:30 a.m. Oct. 22 followed by 10 a.m. meeting.

Tiffeny Owens can be reached by email at towens@cullmantimes.com or by phone at 256-734-2131, ext. 135.

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