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Monday, June 22, 2015

Jackson County Commission June 22, 2015

Jackson County Courthouse, south entrance (photo by G. Morgan)

Item 1 on the agenda stands out - secret agreement between Wiessner Enterprises LLC and the Jackson County Commission for a Master Project Agreement. Wiessner Enterprises LLC listing on Business Profiles http://businessprofiles.com/details/wiessner-enterprises-llc/US-DE-5612078 Corporation formed in Delaware on September 29, 2014. This corporation was formed to support this enterprise - Google Chooses TVA Site for Next Data Center

UPDATE - January 24, 2016: Was the failed 1% sales tax increase tied into this deal? 
Why wasn't the recent public meeting, Jan. 19, 2016 at North Jackson High School, regarding the Coal Ash disposal at Widows Creek, announced in Jackson County? It was announced in Chattanooga, Decatur/Huntsville areas, but not Jackson County? There was no local announcement which could be found on the internet for the meeting.

Alabama Secretary of State Listing
Wiessner Enterprises, LLC is an Alabama Foreign Limited-Liability Company filed on June 16, 2015. The company's filing status is listed as Exists and its File Number is 336-027.

The Registered Agent on file for this company is Corporation Service Company (csc) and is located at 150 South Perry Street, Montgomery, AL 36104. The company's principal address is 2711 Centerville Rd/Ste400, Wilmington, DE 19808
 Who is CSC? Corporation Service Company ("CSC") is one of the largest Registered Agent service companies in the world. CSC represents hundreds of thousands of business entities worldwide, including nearly 90% of the Fortune 500 and top global brands.  https://www.cscglobal.com/service/csc/about

UPDATE -  January 24, 2016:  In spring, 2015, TVA transferred 360 acres of Widows Creek plant property to Wiessner Enterprises for light industrial development. This property disposal was the subject of a March 2015 Environmental Assessment. Google, Inc. has subsequently announced its plans to build a data center on the site. Wiessner Enterprises has now requested the transfer of an additional 336 acres of plant property to support the operation of the data center. The draft Environmental Assessment also evaluates additional site grading for the data center and the construction and operation of a switching station and transmission line connections to provide power to the data center. - See more at:  https://www.tva.gov/Environment/Environmental-Stewardship/Environmental-Reviews/Widows-Creek-Additional-Property-Disposal-and-Transmission-Facilities#sthash.2whBJDBr.dpuf

Site Map and link to Environmental Assessment Plans, below map, (click on image for an expanded view). The Google site is identified in the upper left of the map.


First Data Center to Locate on Repurposed Coal Generation Site

UPDATE - As we now know, the 1% tax increase did not pass. Will this effect the Wiessner-Google project?

TVA-in lieu-of-tax-bill fails passage, funds in limbo. Many Jackson County non-profit agencies, including Volunteer Fire Departments and senior citizen programs are dependent on the revenue, article by Heather Garner of the Clarion - http://www.theclarion.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9300:tva-in-lieu-bill-dies-in-state-legislature&catid=42:clarion-rotation-stories&Itemid=142


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