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Millport Council Agrees To Tax Abatement For SDR Expansion

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The Millport Town Council met Monday night.

The council granted a water bill adjustment according to their standard policy.

Mayor Icie Wriley announced that Willie J. Hood was accepted to serve on the Board of Equalization beginning Oct. 1.

Art Rowland, Plant Manager, Steel Dust Recycling (SDR) visited the mayor regarding their upcoming expansion which will include addition of a third kiln, a receiving building, a maintenance and mobile equipment shop and about 7,000 feet of rail track.

Of the 106 currently employed by SDR, 26 live in Millport, 12 in Kennedy, 13 in Vernon and 7 in Sulligent The expansion is expected to creat 38 new jobs.

Rowland asked for tax abatement while the additions are being made.

The abatement will include use taxes and sales taxes but exclude taxes for education. The council took a roll call vote to suspend meeting rules and then approved a resolution by roll call vote to grant the tax abatement until July 31. 2016. All were in favor. Police Chief Charles White recently attended a leadership conference.

He reported the following police activity for July:

Traffic Violations

Speeding — 13

No Insurance — 1

Not Wearing Seat Belt — 1 Arrests

Illegal Possession of Credit/Debit Card (Felony) — 1

Filing False Report to Law Enforcement Officer — 1 Warrants Served

Millport — 1

Other Agencies — 2

Librarian Linda Ferguson said July was a very busy month at the library.

A total of 361 fiction books and 13 non-fiction books circulated.

The library got two new computers from the Northwest Regional Library. During the month, 117 patrons used library computers.

The next movie will be the evening of Sept 4 Title to be announced later.

Robby McAdams said timers have been installed at the sewage lagoons but work is still needed on the wiring.

The new flow meter was also installed at the lagoon earlier in the day.

Kyle Shaw said the street department has fixed a few potholes. There were several places where gravel had to be cleared from streets.

They are almost finished with another round of bush hogging.

There are a couple of streets where litter has been a problem but the street department is trying to keep it picked up.

The oldest mower has had some issues. Although parts had to be purchased, he did the labor himself to save money.

Council member Stanley Allred reported a pothole that needs to be fixed on Francis Street at the highway.

Council member Lane Gilliiam mentioned there is a culvert on Old Kennedy Road that is not long enough. They discussed solutions.

Council member and Fire Chief Tim Fields said the fire department is making some improvements like a new roller door for the brush truck bay.

They spent $2,500 on four new tires and wheels. This will be safer than the older style that was on the truck.

The council scheduled a work session in September and then the meeting adjourned.

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Original Publication Date: August 26, 2015

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