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County approves abatement for pellet plant

The Marengo County Commission approved a 10-year tax abatement excluding education taxes for Alabama Pellets during the Jan. 14 meeting. The initial capital investment is $90,990,000.

The company will be located in Demopolis and is expected to bring up to 60 new jobs to the area.

Commissioner Jason Windham thanked company representatives who were present at the meeting for bringing the new industry to the county. “Marengo County is excited to have you here, and we appreciate you coming to our county.”

The commission also approved three reappointments for the MCEDA Board of Directors. Justina Allgood will serve for District 2, Mike Robison for District 3 and Errol Agee-Thomas for District 4.

Being the first meeting of the year, Commissioner Michael Thompson passed the gavel to 2020 Commission Chairman Freddie Armstead.

“Thank you for the job that you’ve done in the past year,” Armstead said to Thompson.

Other actions taken by the commission include:

• approving Lorraine Harbin as a probate clerk.

• approving the Demopolis Times’ bid for publication of the voters list at $5,558.87.

• announcing participation in the Severe Weather Tax Holiday during Feb. 21-23.

• entering executive session based on good name in character followed by adjournment.

The Marengo County Commission meets every second Tuesday of the month at 9 a.m. at the courthouse.