Aberdeen in negotiations to sell property

By CAROLYN PARSON/Monroe Journal

ABERDEEN – The Aberdeen Board of Aldermen gave approval to city attorney John Williams to negotiate for the sale of city property to SPW and Associates of Birmingham, Ala. The decision was made at their regular meeting on July 17.

SPW is interested in purchasing the property for the purpose of establishing a bio-fuel plant.

Before going forward, aldermen engaged in a lengthy discussion about risks to the city. Of particular concern was retaining control of the property should the company default, as well as making sure the company provides job opportunities for local qualified workers.

With conditions in place to protect the city and provide local job opportunities, approval was given for Williams to negotiate with SPW.

According to Mayor Cecil Belle, the bio fuel plant could provide approximately 100 jobs in the area.

There is no confirmation as to the location of the property, which was listed as the Pearson property on the agenda. During discussions at Tuesday’s board meeting, Belle stated that SPW wanted an answer by Friday, July 20.

The board also approved the purchase of grant software to aid the city in finding grants to benefit the city of Aberdeen.

E-Civis Grant is a software application that improves the ability of cities and municipalities to locate grants through a variety of sources from federal and state entities as well as corporations. The cost of the software is $3,600 for a one-year contract.