The Sylacauga City Council approved a tax abatement for a $4.6 million local industry expansion at Tuesday’s council meeting.

The council approved a 10 year tax abatement request from Fleetwood Metal Industries for a major expansion of its Sylacauga operation including the installation of a 1,500 ton transfer stamping press, employment of five additional people and a capital investment of $4.6 million.

“It is always great when we can add more jobs in the city,” Council President Rocky Lucas said at Monday’s work session.

In other matters Tuesday, the council:

O Approved two $250 allocations for the 14-year-old and under and 16-year-old and under girls softball teams to help defray the cost of participation in tournaments in North Carolina.

O Declared some office equipment as surplus, to be auctioned off.

O Authorized Mayor Doug Murphree to execute an agreement between the City of Sylacauga and Town of Oak Grove for providing vehicle repairs, service and maintenance of Oak Grove fire trucks through the city’s maintenance shop.

O Approved a request from Sylacauga First Church of the Nazarene for a special events permit to sponsor the Kids Celebration at Central Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 26.

O Authorized the refund of two $1,000 cash bonds.

O Approved the hiring of four temporary firefighters to work full-time shifts as needed for up to six months or until full-time firefighters are hired through the CSB process. The established part-time pay is $10.50 per hour.

O Approved the hiring of a temporary file/general clerk under contract with TempForce-Smart Staffing Solutions at a cost of up to $12.15 per hour inclusive of all insurance, benefits, payroll taxes, pre-employment screening and orientations, for up to six months or until a full-time accounting clerk is hired through the CSB process, whichever occurs first.

O Approved tuition and expenses for up to two people to attend the 2014-15 Leadership Sylacauga training course sponsored through the Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce. The tuition/application fee is $450 each.

O Approved expenses for police Capt. Kelley Johnson and officer James Wimmer to attend the Project Lifesaver International Conference in Orlando Aug. 11-13. Registration is $350 each and additional costs of lodging, fuel and meals will be incurred.

O Heard Murphree thank the City of Talladega, which lent the City of Sylacauga a U.S. flag while a larger flag is being ordered and the two city flags are being repaired.

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