Nucor will make a 6.6 million dollar investment in the City of Fort Payne. Shown are members of Nucor and the Fort Payne Council and Mayor. Marla Jones | Southern Torch
Marla Jones, Managing Editor
FORT PAYNE, ALA.-- (Full video on Southern Torch Facebook) The Fort Payne City Council held its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, March 21.
The Council granted non-educational sales and property tax abatements to Nucor on an investment of $6,641,000. (Resolution 2023-05) Adam Watkins of Nucor thanked Fort Payne for their commitment to their company.
Mayor Brian Baine spoke of the Council and his recent visit to Washington, DC. The three main topics discussed with officials were the overpass, Joe’s Truck Stop, and Gault Avenue Downtown. The Mayor along with the Council requested funding for a feasibility study for these projects. At the time of the meeting, all requests had been submitted to Senator Katie Britt, Senator Tommy Tuberville, and to U.S. Representative Robert Aderholt.
Mayor Baine updated the Council on projects within the City. Specifications will be reviewed for the Fort Payne Police Department and then will be submitted for bids. Backstops at the Sports Complex are completed, light poles are being installed throughout downtown and the wall in front of the police department is scheduled to be finished before the June Jam.
The Council suspended the rules for immediate consideration and passed Ordinance 2023-05 which declared the property adjacent to the old Jeffersons as real estate surplus.
The following Resolutions were passed by the Council :
- 2023-06, accepting the low bid for drainpipe.
- 2023-07, accepting the low bid for fuel.
- 2023-08, accepting the low bid for Plant Mix – Binder and 429A-206
- 2023-09, accepting the low bid for Rock and Crushed Limestone.
In new business:
- Carolyn Martin’s term on the Fort Payne Board of Education expires in June. The appointment must be made in April preceding. The Council appointed Martin to serve another term.
- Authorized solicitation of bids for two (2) pickup trucks for the Fire Department.
- Approved an Alcohol License Application to Marcus Carter, The Bottle Shoppe, 1018 Gault Avenue South, Package Store.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Fort Payne Council will be held on April 4, beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the council chambers on the second floor of the City Hall.