The Lawrence County Commission voted Tuesday night to name a road in the industrial park “Cooperage Way,” at the request of the company that will be building a plant in the park to make barrels for the Jack Daniel Distillery.
Industrial Development Board Executive Director Tony Stockton made a presentation to the commission at the meeting, updating them on projects going on and thanking them for their cooperation in helping get the cooperage company to Lawrence County.
Stockton said the
company told him one of Lawrence County’s advantages was how well the entire team, from state legislators to local officials, worked together to provide them information during the process of choosing a location.
The plant is expected to be fully operational in 2 years.
Safeplace representatives also presented information to the commission about the organization and requested funds from the county. The commission voted to give Safeplace $1,000 to aid their work in Lawrence County.
The rest of the 3-hour meeting featured a lot of discussion on various items but few votes. The commission discussed several things about the Lawrence County Judicial and Administrative Complex, or LJAC, including the lettering on an outside sign and the possibility of having an automated teller machine in the building. The commission requested County Administrator Peggy king to ask local banks to present their ATM proposals at a future meeting.
The commission tabled a request from Commissioner Prentis Davis for county matching funds to assist the construction of the Hatton Youth Park, and tabled a job description update from King on an office position and a new pay plan from the tax assessor’s office. Commissioners Bobby Burch and Joey Hargrove said they were not aware of the pay plan being on the agenda until the day of the meeting and said they wanted time to review it. Burch also requested the job description be approved by the labor attorneys for the Alabama County Commission Association.
The commission approved participation in the statewide Severe Weather Preparedness Tax Holiday in February, and approved two storm shelter funding awards for the Speake location and the Chalybeate Fire Station location.
The commission met in executive session for around half an hour at the end of the meeting, and after reconvening, the group voted to begin the process of litigation against BFI Disposal Systems of Alabama for breach of contract. The litigation comes after attempts by the county to request documents from BFI about possible underpayment of host fees to the county. The commission voted to hire the firm of Beasley - Allen on a contingency basis to represent the county in the lawsuit.
The commission’s next scheduled meeting is Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m.