The Wetumpka City Council approved a $400,000 incentives package Monday for River Region Medical Holdings LLC which is building a medical facility to provide specialist care in the community.
River Region Medical Center is a joint venture between Dr. Martin Lyons, Dr. Spencer Coleman and Ivy Creek Healthcare. The planned three-story structure will offer cardiologists and orthopedic doctors, primary care and a pharmacy.
The council voted unanimously to approve a plan in which the city will rebate River Region Medical Holdings LLC an amount equal to sales taxes paid on all supplies and equipment bought by the company in the city for the project up to $200,000 and also loan the company $200,000 to be repaid over seven years. River Region Medical Holdings LLC would repay the loan from sales taxes paid to the city from retail sales at the pharmacy up to $35,000 yearly.
At the groundbreaking in March, officials said the project could provide 70 jobs and a $10 million economic impact.
In other action at the meeting, the council:
• Approved a lease extension with Arrowhead Plastics Engineering.
• Approved a resolution opposing proposed legislation that would allow wireless companies access to the city’s rights of way with no oversight.
• Approved a memorandum of understanding between the city and Retail Strategies, which recruits businesses to come to the city. The agreement calls for the city to pay Retail Strategies only when a brick-and-mortar business comes to Wetumpka, pays taxes and creates jobs.
• Granted permission for Mayor Jerry Willis to enter into an agreement with the Alabama Department of Transportation to exchange two properties which would be controlled by the city. One is at the corner of South Main Street and U.S. Highway 231, where Willis said he hopes a decorative entrance to the city can be built. The other is on the lower section of Old Montgomery Highway below the rest area on Highway 231.
• Heard a first reading of a proposal to approve a new service agreement with QTpod for a new point of sale system for selling fuel at the Wetumpka Municipal Airport. The agreement would cost $945 annually during the warranty period and $1,995 annually after the warranty period. Willis said the fuel service has been down for six months.
• Amended the agenda to authorize Willis to enter into an agreement with an on-call plan review consultant to improve the turnaround time for building plans to be approved. The consultant would, when needed, assist in approving plans at no additional cost to the city.
Councilmembers Lewis Washington Sr. and Steve Gantt were attending the Alabama League of Municipalities annual convention in Mobile and were not at the meeting.