The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

September 8, 2013

City Council to consider request for Custom Polymers tax abatement

By Jean Cole

— Athens City Council members have a short agenda Monday but will hear a proposal to abate taxes for an expansion at Custom Polymers, a proposal to approve an alcohol license for a Ducks Unlimited event, and a proposal to declare as a public nuisance a home at 605 Sudie St., among other requests.

The work session begins at 4:30 p.m. and the meeting at 5:30 in the municipal courtroom of the Athens Police Department on Hobbs Street. The council will consider the following items:

• A request by Custom Polymers to have taxes forgiven on its PET washline expansion and new PET pellet extruder at the plant. The company expects to invest more than $11 million in new manufacturing machinery in connection with the expansion, City Clerk Annette Barnes said.

• A request to approve the city’s issuing a $900,000, five-year general obligation warrant to finance some heavy equipment for Public Works Department, including two compressed natural gas garbage trucks, a trash truck and other equipment, Barnes said.

• A resolution to introduce the fiscal 2014 Gas

Department budget;

• A resolution to approve a cash advance for the Electric


• An ordinance to lease of city property for agricultural use;

• A resolution to approve an alcohol license for Ducks Unlimited for an event;

• A resolution to declare as a public nuisance at home at 605 Sudie St.;

• A resolution to approve the purchase of a pickup truck for the

Public Works Department;

• A resolution to approve contracts for fiscal 2014 line clearance and

tree maintenance for Athens Utilities.