Posted on October 18, 2016 17:01
Madison City Council members approved a seven-year personal property tax abatement for an expanding local business during a meeting Tuesday afternoon.
Tuesday’s decision will allow Midwest Tube Mills Inc. to earn seven years of personal property tax abatements after adding new manufacturing, logistical distribution and new information technology equipment at the 2855 Michigan Road location. The new equipment installation is expected to happen between April 1, 2017, and June 1, 2018.
During a previous city council meeting, Jefferson County Industrial Development Corporation Executive Director Matt Wirth said the company employs 88 people, but the addition of the new equipment will add more than a dozen jobs.
Council members approved the measure by a vote of 6-0. Councilman David Alcorn abstained from the vote. Alcorn said he approved of the business’ improvements prior to the vote, but the company provided a donation to the Friends of Hargan-Matthews Park – an organization which has been headed up by his wife. Alcorn said he didn’t want his vote for the abatement be brought into question following the donation.
Also during the meeting, Jefferson County United Way Co-Director Larry Cummins provided the council with information about a new volunteer website, www.jcinvolunteer.org.
Cummins said the website – which was launched earlier this year thanks to a grant – allows any nonprofit in the county to post volunteer opportunities. The website then links volunteers with opportunities. The website may also track volunteer hours.
Cummins said people who register with the site can sign up and receive notifications about volunteer opportunities that interest them.
The website already features multiple portals for groups and features upcoming events and volunteer needs, he said.
In other business:
• Mayor Damon Welch read a proclamation for Domestic Violence Awareness month. Welch said one in four women experience domestic violence at some point in their lives, while one in seven men experience domestic violence.
He encouraged local victims to seek help through Safe Passage Inc., which offers domestic violence services and resources at the Clearinghouse.
Councilman Dan Hoffman said the awareness month hits close to home this year after the death of Laura Russell. He encouraged the entire community to be aware of possible domestic violence situations and help others find resources they may need.
He said a candlelight vigil for domestic violence and Russell is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday near the Jefferson County Courthouse.