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Commission poised to aid with industrial park

By Sheryl Marsh 340-2437

The Morgan County Commission is poised to do its share in acquiring a new industrial park to accommodate prospective industry for future growth.

Mallard Fox Creek Industrial Park proved that when a county has accommodations, industry will locate. The problem now is a shortage of space with only 200 acres remaining.

Officials of municipalities say property along Interstate 65 between Falkville and Priceville would be a good location for another industrial park.

Hartselle, Priceville and Falkville paid for a plan in 2002 that recommended a portion of 12.1 miles of the I-65 corridor for an industrial site.

Like leaders in seven municipalities, including Hartselle and Decatur, Morgan County commissioners realize the importance of preparing locations for industry.

"It would be my hope that the county and all the municipalities come together again to finance the purchase of it like we did for Mallard Fox," said District 1 Commissioner Jeff Clark. "All of the utilities are in close proximity to the property and it does have easy interstate rail access. That's what made it so attractive."

District 2 Commissioner Ken Livingston said he knows from experience the worth of an industrial park.

"I was on the Priceville Town Council when the deal came for Mallard Fox," said Livingston. "People didn't understand the vision of the future.

"The property they're looking at now has interstate and rail, and it's near three airports. If we don't have such a development when industry comes, they're not going to wait on it. They'll go to another area that has it."

"That would be a good site because it's close to the interstate," said District 4 Commissioner Stacy George. "I'm glad it's in Morgan County, and I would support it 100 percent."

Chairman John Glasscock is optimistic about the prospect.

"I think it will be total unison participation by the municipalities and the county. It's imperative that we do it."

District 3 Commissioner Kevin Murphy was not available for comment.

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