Maplesville Council supports tax incentive request

Published 1:55 pm Friday, November 22, 2019

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By JOYANNA LOVE/ Senior Staff Writer

The Maplesville Town Council approved a resolution in support of South Coast Paper receiving tax incentives from the state as a part of the Alabama Enterprise Zone Act during its November meeting.

Chilton County is designated as an enterprise zone by the state. If South Coast Paper receives the state tax incentives, it will not impact local taxes.

Tax incentives within the program include “credit based on income tax liability from Enterprise Zone Project Operations, credit for new capital investment and company may claim a credit of up to $1,000 per new permanent employee for training new permanent employees in new skill areas​,” according to the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.

Changes to the town’s workers compensation medical procedures were also approved.

Town Clerk Dawn Smitherman said Cahaba Medical was added as the physician to go to during regular business hours since the doctor that had been listed has retired. The hospital that employees should be taken to was changed to St. Vincent’s Chilton. Smitherman said the preferred hospital for worker-related injuries had been one in Bibb County when Chilton County no longer had a hospital. However, now the Town Council wanted to use St. Vincent’s Chilton to support the county’s hospital, she said.

Police Chief Todd Ingram presented a pay scale structure to have pay based on years of experience to determine starting pay with the department. He also mentioned what the Thorsby Police Department was doing. A vote was not taken.

Also during the meeting, the Town Council approved:

  • Brandon Warren’s resignation from the police department.
  • Sending Kyle Sample to the police academy and hiring him.
  • Licenses for Cahaba Mart (Formerly Seales Grocery) to sell beer and wine for off-premise consumption. A new license for the location was needed because the store has new owners. Patty Crocker abstained from the vote. A resolution honoring the retirement of William and Nancy Seales was also approved.
  • Having Smitherman research whether an inactive bank account can be combined with another account.