McCormick County Council votes to block voter petitions from ballot;
Mr. Cool HVAC manufacturer buys Riegel Plant
The McCormick County Council voted to block three voter petitions from appearing on the November ballot, while supporters of the measures say Council has no legal authority to do so. The vote to block the ballot measure passed 3-1, with Members Jackie Brown, Henry Banks, and Charles Jennings voting to block the vote, Bernard Hamby voting against the block, and Charles Cook abstaining over grounds the Council has no authority over the petitions appearing on the ballot. The petitions met the state-required signature standard of 15% of registered voters.
In other news, the former Riegel plant on South Main Street has been purchased by HVAC manufacturer Mr. Cool. Council voted unanimously to approve a state Economic Development Grant application for the project for $340,000 for renovation and uplift. Mr. Cool operates numerous facilities in southeastern states, including a plant in Charlotte, NC employing 200.
Read the full stories with updates in the January 25 edition of the Journal Messenger.