Marchman speaks on Rock the South preparations


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CULLMAN – The Cullman County Commission met with Rock the South Producer Nathan Baugh Tuesday morning prior to its scheduled 8:30 a.m. work session to discuss Rock the South and the road improvements needed to accommodate the anticipated traffic for the music festival’s announced new location along County Road 469 and County Road 436.

Commissioner Garry Marchman spoke with The Tribune after their meeting, explaining, “What we’ve discussed is the City of Good Hope, City of Cullman and Cullman County working together to put pressure on Rock the South to designate monies for the community, for infrastructure. That’s what we are trying to do.”

He added, “Right now, the plan is to not move it back to Heritage Park. I told Nathan, ‘You’re going to go back to Nashville and you’ll forget about this until next year, but we have to deal with this for the rest of the year, especially if it turns out to be a flop for the community. You’ve got to give the community something.’ That’s what I’m working on. I’m working toward Rock the South putting some skin in the game on community improvements.”

The scheduled commission meeting followed the work session. In the meeting, the commission:

– Approved an $85,894,000 tax abatement for “Project Double Down” for building, equipment and machinery; the particulars of the project and the parties involved have not been disclosed.

– Approved a request from the Alabama Department of Senior Services to examine its contract with GA Food Services, Inc. due to ongoing issues with service

– Designated bank depositories for Cullman County funds

– Signed an agreement with Comfort Systems for boiler at the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office for annual cost of $5, 318

The next commission meeting is Feb. 26 at 10 a.m. 

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