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Morgan County asked to contribute $1M for Remington

Published 10:58am Thursday, February 20, 2014

Morgan County Commission Chairman Ray Long has reached out to commission members for their support of an incentive agreement with Remington Outdoors Company Inc. to locate a $110 million manufacturing plant in Huntsville.

Long reported that Morgan County is being asked to contribute $1 million toward the project over five years at a special meeting on Wednesday, as part of a local incentive commitment totaling $14.5 million. The City of Huntsville is contributing $9.5 million, Madison County will give $3 million and Limestone County is adding $1 million.

“I feel confident this is going to create lots of good jobs for Morgan County residents,” Long stated. “Historically, we have benefited from job opportunities in Madison County and I see that happening with the new Remington plant.”

Long said a public hearing date will be set by the commission’s next regular meeting Feb. 25 and the proposed  $1 million commitment will be on the agenda for the March 11 meeting.

Long said elected officials from Madison, Morgan and Limestone counties along with Gov. Robert Bentley and other state officials had been in negotiations with Remington officials for three to four months when they announced plans to locate in Huntsville on Monday.

Remington will locate in the old Chrysler Corp. plant at Wall-Triana exit on I-565, following an extensive renovation. Projected employment is 1,868 jobs in the eighth year of operation with an estimated annual payroll of $105 million.

Remington was founded in 1816 in New York. Today, it is the largest U.S. Producer of shotguns and rifles for sporting, law enforcement and military use.

The commission acted on other matters as follows:

• Executed an agreement between the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office and the Town of Falkville for a three-year agreement to provide space and services at the Morgan County Jail for the housing of municipal prisoners.

• Execute an agreement, which supersedes and replaces owner-architect agreement approved by the Morgan County Commission at the Aug. 24, 2012, meeting, with Godwin, Barrett, Woods Architects in the amount of $378,000 to provide architectural services for the jail annex.

• Amended the pay scale of the lieutenant position in the Morgan County Drug Task Force by adding $1 per hour to each step in the affected classification.

• Adopted the tax levy for 2014, as reviewed and approved by the county attorney, in compliance with the 1975 Code of Alabama.

• Authorized the chairman to advertise for bids and/or purchase of a new truck from the state bid list for District 4.

• Approved checks totaling $5,752,740.08 for January 2014.

• Approved certificates to subdivide and/or consolidate the following properties in Morgan County: Thomas Franklin Moebes Jr. and Ibrahim (Adam) Yahya, Union Road, District 4; Gary and Dorothy Jean Holmes Jetton, O.Z. Davis Road, District 3; and Charles E. Brown Jr. and Dale Patricia Brown, Highway 36 East, District 2.

• Approved the claim of Roger Vinson for excess tax proceeds for $9,242.83 on a parcel of personal property.

• Approved invoices totaling $48,803.99 from Volkert Inc. on the following bridge replacement projects: Kirby Bridge Road, $26,804.76; and Vaughn Bridge Road, $22,999.23.

• Approved payment of $32,606.67 to Triple J. Construction LLC as payment No. 4 on the MCATS sidewalk project.

• Approve payment of $55,825 to Walker Brothers LTD for work on the Brindlee Mountain concession stand project.

• Approved payment of $16,111 to Volkert Inc. for management services on the jail annex project.

• Approved payment of $750 to the Alabama Probate Judges Association for membership dues for Probate Judge Greg Cain.

• Approved payment of $49,747.70 to E-tech Construction for work on the Somerville Senior Center project.

• Approved payment of $29,568.60 to E-tech construction for work on the West Park project.

• Paid of $129.50 to Trident Insurance as a deductible on a claim filed by Glenda Lockhart (Sheriff’s Department).

• Approved payment of $108,375 to Adams Building Co. LLC for work on the Union Hill Senior Center in District 4.

• Paid $1,163.40 to Goodwin, Mills and Cawood Inc. for professional services for the Union Hill Senior Center.

• Approved payment of $1,444.12 to Underwood Associates for professional services on the West Park renovation project.

• Passed a resolution recognizing April 21-26 as Alabama People against a Littered State (PALS) and proclaimed the week to be observed as “Spring Clean-Up Week” in Morgan County.

• Authorized payments of $1,000 to Morgan City Founders Day ad $787.50 to Hartselle Enquirer Progress Edition.

• Accepted a low bid of $1.49 per column inch from The Decatur Daily for all publications for the 2014 elections.

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