The recently announced Ben E. Keith project in Coffee County [near New Brockton] received a bit of attention Monday morning, July 8, during the Coffee County Commission meeting. The project had previously been referred to as “Project X” during commission meetings when matters were discussed regarding it leading up to and before the official project announcement as the end of June. County administrator Rod Morgan said there needed to be a revision to the existing project agreement with Ben E. Keith to provide for access off of County Road 516 for the project regarding acquisition of additional land. Some of that land, according to Morgan, could be donated land provided Ben E. Keith meets certain criteria. He said the donation of land, if applicable, would be funded through Covington Electric Cooperative. Commissioners also approved abatements regarding the Ben E. Keith project during Monday’s meeting. They voted to approve a 100 percent abatement of sales and use tax during the construction phase of the project, and after that, a 50 percent abatement of ad valorem [abatable noneducational taxes] taxes for 20 years. Commissioners approved a request to appoint Mary Katherine Head to fill the remainder of a term on the E911 board for Elba being vacated by William Worthington. This board appointment is good through July 2022, according to Dean Blair, E911 chairman.

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