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Russell City Council Discusses American Power Chassis, Water

Russell City Council Dec 2013Tuesday at its monthly work study session the Russell City Council discussed the city incentive package with American Power Chassis and ongoing water issues in the city.

Tim Scheck of American Power Chassis, a business that will manufacture RV chassis when open, was present Tuesday night to update the Council on where his company is regarding opening its doors to begin production. The city along with Russell County provided incentive money to the company nearly two years ago to help get the business going. The incentives came with clawback agreements though and so far to date, APC has not met those requirements.

Between switching manufacturers and having to jump through several government regulation hoops, Scheck says the process has taken much longer than he would have liked, but he thinks they are on the right track now.

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Scheck asked the Council to give the company a one year extension, a request the Russell County Commissioners approved Monday.

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No action was taken Tuesday due to the session only being a work study, but the Council is expected to consider the extension for approval in two weeks at its regular monthly meeting.

Water also dominated discussion Tuesday. Continued talks of water rate adjustments were held.

City Manager Jon Quinday says it's not a popular topic, but it's something that needs to be addressed.

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The Council also started exploring the possibility of offering a water conservation rebate program based on the purchase of new, more water efficient appliances. Discussion was also held regarding the opening of the city swimming pool for the 2014 season. No action was taken, but consensus was to open the pool this year.

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