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March 28, 2014

New industry being scouted for SE Limestone

— Limestone County is in competition for a new industry employing some 260 people.

Thursday, the Limestone County Water and Sewer Authority approved waiving $719,000 in water impact fees for an industrial project known as Project Wattle.

Limestone County Economic Development Association President Tom Hill sent a letter to the authority asking for the waiver as a recruitment tool for the unnamed industry.

Hill’s letter reads, in part, “Limestone County Development Association is working with Morgan county Economic Development Association, the City of Decatur, and the Limestone County Commission on an industrial recruiting project by the name of Project Wattle.

“The company proposes to invest $150 million and hire 260 people. The project site is 100 acres owned by Brent and Woody Peebles bordered by Interstate 65 on the east and Bibb Garret Road on the north.”

The authority went into a 20-minute executive session at the advice of its legal counsel to discuss waiving the fee. At the conclusion of the session, authority board member Johnny Hatchett motioned for the authority to grant the waiver.

“I motion we waive the impact fee due to the substantial economic impact of this project,” said Hatchett. Ty Smith seconded the motion.

The authority has an existing 12-inch line in a utility easement that runs along Bibb Garret Road that can supply the 143,820 gallons per day that the company will use.

The industry or business would be built within Decatur city limits near the existing Southpoint Industrial Park, according to authority Chairman Jim Moffatt.

“We have the water line there anyway,” said Moffatt. “Of course, we’d like to have the impact fees, but we can live with it.”

Limestone County would provide just water service while Decatur will provide sewer. Moffatt said he is unaware of the type of industry that would potentially locate on the site and referred all questions to Hill.

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