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July 15, 2014

Athens City Council meeting notes

Athens City Council members approved the following measures during their regular meeting Monday. Here is a synopsis of action:

• Agreed to pay $352 in Electric Department travel expenses — $150 for Joseph Hoenig to train in Murphreesboro and $201 for David Jones to train in Nashville — during June;

• Unanimously adopted an ordinance to approve the abandonment of a sanitary sewer easement in The Meres Subdivision on Linton Road. The property owners are in the process of implementing a development plan significantly different than originally anticipated, Athens Utilities Manager Gary Scroggins said. The sewer has to be adjusted to conform with a new street, so the utility needs to abandon the original sanitary sewer easement, he said; 

• Scheduled a public hearing for 5:30 p.m. Aug. 11 on a request to declare as public nuisances — due to overgrown grass or weeds — properties at 1310 Woodside Drive and 208 Fifth Ave.;

• Approved a modification to an existing T-Mobile telephone tower at 107 Stewart Drive, which is expected to improve service;

• Agreed to pay $18,000 for 0.6 wetland acres from Flint River Mitigation Resources. The wetland credits are required to satisfy the wetlands mitigation requirement of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for obtaining permits to develop property in North Elm Industrial Park. The money for the credits will come from the proceeds of the sale of city- and county-owned property in the Elm Industrial Park;

• Authorized the Athens Public Works Department and the city Water and Sewer Department to bid the following in the North Elm Industrial Park: 1.) Construction of the railroad lead track 2.) Construction of the Wilkinson Street/Airport Road extension and 3.) Construction of the water and sewer line extension;

Once the City Council selects the lowest-responsible bidder, the work will be paid for with the following: 1. Sale of city- and county-owned property in Elm Industrial Park; 2.) A proposed $250,000 Community Development Block Grant through the Alabama Department of Economic Development and Community Affairs, with the $50,000 match coming from the Limestone County Commission; 3.) A proposed $575,000 Industrial Access Grant from the Alabama Department of Transportation; 4.) A $250,000 Tennessee Valley Authority Investment Prep Grant and 5) A $131,808 grant match from both the city and the county for a total of $263,616.

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