County Commissioners facing jobs decision

Friday, April 22, 2011

Receipt of a federal grant is set for approval Monday by Marshall County commissioners who could realize it will pay 30 percent of a project to benefit "a lot of people," the county mayor says.

Dockers shoe businessmen "are looking to expand" their operation just north of Chapel Hill, said County Mayor Joe Boyd Liggett, explaining that the $222,500 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help "create a few more jobs."

In conjunction with the grant approval vote scheduled for the commissioners' meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, is authorization of a $515,000 loan to be undertaken by the county.

Dockers is "looking to remove the old water tank" at its shipping and receiving operation on Nashville Highway, Liggett said. That's part of a project to "enhance the water system there to operate its sprinkler system."

It may be a year before groundbreaking to improve the water system in Marshall County north of Chapel Hill and helping the company replace its water tower, Liggett said, calling the related resolutions as the most important items on the commission's agenda for Monday night.

"It will help keep that plant in the county," the county mayor said.

Also set for the monthly session are votes that would:

* Add new funds in the county general fund for the Veterans Service Office.

* Continue the county's practice to refinance existing debt with another bond sale to lower debt payments because interests rates are lower now.

* Transfer money from one account to another "to include compensation of the three-member Civil Service Board for the Sheriff's Department."