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As part of its regularly scheduled meeting Monday morning, the Coffee County Commission discussed a number of business items relating to a landfill gas project and the new lodging tax legislation.

County Administrator Rod Morgan first addressed the commission regarding the landfill gas project, which Morgan said has been a topic of discussion for some time. Morgan asked for a resolution authorizing the project development agreement with Energy Systems Group regarding landfill gas.

“For the last several months, we’ve been working on the feasibility of a landfill gas project, trying to put in a pipeline,” Morgan said. “We’ve reached a point where it does appear that there may be a viable project, but we need an agreement to govern the process moving forward with ESG. If there is a project there, we’d have to come back and approve the actual contracts at some point in the future, but this is just to govern the process moving forward in determining whether or not this project is feasible.”

After the commission voted to approve the request, Morgan asked for a second agreement that goes hand-in-hand with the first.

“One of the components of feasibility is determining whether or not there would be financing suitable that would support the project,” Morgan said. “Stifel (Financial Corporation) is part of the group that is investigating this, and I’d ask for an agreement with Stifel to allow them to move forward and determine if there is suitable financing for the project.”

The commission voted to approve the agreement per Morgan’s recommendation.

The last item up for discussion was the recently-approved lodging tax legislation for Coffee County. Morgan requested a contract with Avenu Insights & Analytics be approved to collect that lodging tax.

“As the commission is aware, the lodging tax was passed by the legislation to become law. It will be effective Sept. 1; it will be collected Sept. 1 with distribution in October,” Morgan said. “Avenu, formerly RDS (Revenue Discovery Systems), collects our other taxes, our sale taxes, will collect our lodging tax at the same rate, but we do need a contract with them to provide for the collection so they can get out there and do the things they need to do to get it set up and implemented.”

Morgan’s request was approved unanimously by the commission.

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