January 22, 2014 10:13:49 AM
VERNON, Ala. -- The City of Vernon's industrial park will have its first resident in two weeks.
And along with it, as many as 25 new jobs at a proposed sawmill in the 122-acre park, Mayor Glenn Crawford said Tuesday during a city council meeting.
Crawford said the name of the company would be announced in two weeks at the city's next council meeting.
The city's industrial board has signed contracts for the new timber products company to cut down trees and clear earth for machinery and infrastructure, Crawford said.
"The park is moving along," Crawford added. "[The industrial board] wants to make the park a wood product industrial park. The new mill will have a complete drive-up scale, in an accessible place, for others to use."
Vernon's industrial park, located on County Road 9, already has power and sewer lines connected to it.
The new sawmill will be the first company to set up shop in the park since the Vernon Industrial Board took control of it 12 years ago, Crawford said.
In other business, the council announced a $20,000 grant package that'll fund striping of nearly 10 miles of city streets. Councilman Robert Covington said $5,000 was awarded by Sen. Roger Bedford (Dist. 6) and $15,000 by Governor Robert Bentley.
The city will stripe up to 20 different streets in poorly lit areas, Crawford said.
■ The council voted unanimously to tear down a wooden add-on near the westside of city hall to create 12 additional feet for a road that's connected to Vernon Elementary School.
■ The council voted unanimously to accept Vernon Police officer Brandon Stephens' leave of absence. Stephens intends to run for Lamar County Sheriff.
■ The Council voted unanimously to table the Vernon Police Department's pursuit policy until its next meeting to allow council members more time to read the document.
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