By Nick Nunn staff writer
The BOC and the Morgan County Building Authority voted to enter into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Mannington Mills, Inc, and the Development Authority of Morgan County. County Attorney Christian Henry said that the agreement is essentially the same as it was when development of the MOU began several months ago. The BOC’s portion of the MOU outlines several in-kind projects, including the construction of a driveway, a retention pond, and a building pad for the expansion, all of which have been completed.
The Building Authority will offer Mannington an option for five years to purchase 25 acres of property near the Public Safety Complex in order to construct a warehouse. Bob Hughes, president of the Madison-Morgan Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Director, said that Mannington will be able to move into the bond phase of their development now that the MOU is complete and that they will soon “surge ahead” to get their expansion constructed. The BOC approved four separate location agreements between the county and Goosebumps Productions, LLC., for a total of $4,000 in exchange for the right to film at the Aquatic Center, the Morgan County Courthouse, and 1200 Bass Road and to park at 150 Hancock Street during portions of filming. Lamar said that the agreement would include a “one-day” closure of the Aquatic Center on May 20. The BOC also voted to approve:
• A formal approval of a needs assessment for behavioral health and developmental disability services in Morgan County by Advantage Behavioral Systems.
• An amended request from RETEL Services for a conditional use permit, allowing the construction of a 150-foot monopole telecommunications tower at Seven Islands Road.