Council Votes Again on Buxton Retail Recuritment Study

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Council Votes Again on Buxton Retail Recuritment Study

Published on February 20, 2013 by Larry Crippen

At last night’s regular session of the Huntsville City Council, the council had to reconsider a $60,000 dollar contract with the Buxton Company for a retail recruitment and retention study. The council’s original mistake occurred at its meeting November 27th of last year when it gave approval to the Buxton contract within half-an-hour following a presentation by the company’s representative at a workshop previous to their council meeting.

The council’s Rules of Procedure do not allow the council to take action on a contract, such as the one Buxton offered, on the same night following a presentation. Councilmembers had overlooked the rule at the time, so they decided to vote again to assure the contract’s validity.

Ward #3 Councilmember Ron Allen was opposed to the contract involving a retail study and was more interested in finding out how to bring industry to our area. . . .

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Councilmembers ratified the agreement last night with a 7 to 1 vote. Councilman Allen voted against it. Councilman James Fitch was absent.

Following their Executive Session last night, the councilmembers gave their approval to $434,771 dollars of reimbursed taxes from The Arbors of Huntsville in a settlement with the Walker County Appraisal District.

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