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Limestone project goes over budget

Building trailheads for the Limestone County Rails to Trails project at Piney Chapel Road and Veto is $79,535 over budget.

County Commission Chairman David Seibert said the project, which includes parking areas, restrooms and equipment storage areas, had several cost overruns.

On Monday, the commission approved paying an additional $15,919 as its share of the overruns.

An Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs grant is paying the remaining $212,476 cost of the project, which includes $79,595 for the overruns.

- Bayne Hughes

2 arrested in skate shop burglary

Officers caught two teens burglarizing Highwheels Skate Park on Sunday, according to Decatur police.

Police responding to an alarm shortly before 4 a.m. arrived to find a black truck backed up to the front door of the business at 107 Trinity Lane, said Detective George Silvestri.

Two male teens were loading the truck with items taken from the skate shop, Silvestri said.

Police took both boys into custody and later charged them with third-degree burglary, a felony.

The teens apparently forced their way into the building through a back door, said Lt. Chris Mathews, a police spokesman.

Police recovered more than $2,000 worth of skateboards,
bicycles and other equipment and returned them to the business.

- Seth Burkett

Decatur to join 2007 tax holiday

The Decatur City Council voted Monday to join the state’s tax holiday for 2007.

City Attorney Herman Marks said the dates for the holiday are from 12:01 a.m. Aug. 3 to midnight Aug. 5.

The terms of the tax holiday in Decatur would remain the same as last year if the Morgan County Commission also votes to join.

The purchase of certain back-to-school items would then be tax-free.

Gail Busbey, the city’s chief financial officer, said the previous tax holiday was beneficial to Decatur businesses and consumers.

- Chris Paschenko

City could cancel work over illegals

The Decatur City Council affirmed Monday that it follows federal laws prohibiting the hiring of illegal aliens to work on city contracts.

Anyone who knowingly hires an unauthorized alien could lose a work contract with the city, said City Attorney Herman Marks.

Decatur has always abided by federal law, Marks said, but the council decided to remind contractors of the requirement.

- Chris Paschenko

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