Childersburg City Council extends tax abatement for Nippon Oil

Among the action agenda items for the Childersburg City Council on Tuesday evening, September 5th was Resolution 2017-16, which extended a non-education property tax abatement for local industry, Nippon Oil. The extension matches the expansion project time-frame, which allowed Nippon to increase production of their top product by 50-percent.

The Council also approved a resolution (2017-17) that accepted the donation of a 2000 Ford Pick-up from Adam Ponder. It was noted that the vehicle has only 65,000 original miles.

Three proclamation were read into the meeting record by Ambassadors from the Greater Coosa Valley Chamber of Commerce, Matt Reed & Julie Mauldin:

1. September was declared as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month;
2. September was declared as Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month; and
3. September 25th was declared to be “Family Day” in Childersburg as part of the observance of National Family Week, September 24th – 30th.

Approval was given to a proposed sponsorship during the upcoming season of “Christmas in the Pines” in the Kymulga Grist Mill Park.

The Council approved a $2,429.60 expense to replace two forty-foot sections of 36-inch drainage pipe as part of repairs to Grove Park’s Esther Williams Lane.

Approval was given to hire Rebaka McMahon as a temporary, part-time counselor for the Parks & Recreation Department. The Council also announced and approved for advertisement, a Parks & Recreation Department Maintenance & Athletic Support position. Applications will be accepted through September 21st at 5:00 p.m.

The Council approved Courtney Walker to attend State Parks & Recreation meetings in Montgomery.

The meeting was adjourned for a Town Hall meeting before returning to close the meeting.

Among the items discussed were several related carry-over topics from a pre-meeting work session – littering and recycling. The City will be looking to make adjustments to their litter ordinance to address what Mayor Ken Wesson called a distressing trend of littering. Infinity Polymers has suggested partnering with the City of Childersburg on a long term plastics recycling project. Councilman Michael McLain is working to establish a stronger formal recycling program for local schools.

Mayor Wesson addressed nuisance abatement letters requested at previous Town Hall meetings and stated that the response has been both positive from property owners and productive in terms of addressing targeted problems.

The next regular meeting of the Childersburg City Council will be at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 19th.

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