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Russell City Council Grants APC One Year Extension

Russell City Council Dec 2013The Russell City Council on Tuesday officially granted American Power Chassis a one year extension to open its doors and get off the ground before having to pay any penalties.

Several months ago, the Council, along with the Russell County Commission, gave the RV chassis manufacturing company economic development incentive dollars - $400,000 each - to get going, but because of many snags along the way, APC has not yet opened its doors for production.

Following the same path as the County Commissioners, Russell City Manager Jon Quinday says the City Council approved an amendment at its meeting on Tuesday that will give APC another year to open its doors.

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Also, if APC shuts down or moves out of Russell on or before December 31, 2016, that money will need to be paid back.

A proposed water conservation rebate program was approved Tuesday as well.

The program will offer $50 rebates to Russell residents who install high efficiency toilets in their home. To be eligible for the program, the toilets must be purchased locally.

Councilman GJ Long says any program that supports conservation is good.

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The rebate program will tentatively begin in April.

Despite the ongoing drought, Councilmembers also decided Tuesday to open the municipal swimming pool this year. Consensus was to open it because of the service it provides to local children.

City Manager Quinday says the city will begin filling the pool about two weeks before Memorial Day.

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Other action taken Tuesday included the $23,000 purchase of a new Dodge Ram police patrol vehicle for the Russell Police Department and the $30,000 purchase of a fairway aerator for the municipal golf course. Both purchases were previously budgeted for.

CLICK HERE for the February 18 meeting minutes. The March 18 meeting minutes will be made available when they are released.

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