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Athens City Council Update 6-11-14

ATHENS, June 11, 2014— Athens First Responders were honored at the City Council meeting which was held on Monday night. A proclamation was given, honoring those who gave great effort to battle the fertilizer plant fire which broke out at East Texas Ag Services in downtown Athens on May 29.

“It was my honor and privilege to do that..to be able to recognize them,” said Athens Mayor Jerry Don Vaught. “When somebody does something like that, they certainly should be honored for the extreme measures they went.”

In light of the recent fire, City Council is currently discussing changes in city zoning ordinances which would prohibit hazardous materials inside the city limits. The fertilizer plant reportedly contained ammonium nitrate, the same material which caused the April 17, 2013, explosion in West, Texas, which killed 15 people and injured 160 others.

In unrelated business, City Council also approved Athens Economic Development Corporation’s purchase of approximately 95 acres and an industrial park for future development.

“We thought it was a good move on the AEDC’s part to invest in more property,” said Mayor Vaught. “We have basically run out of property to be able to offer to incoming businesses or industries. It was time that…the AEDC purchased more property for that.”

KYYK’s Gary Richards spoke with Mayor Vaught about these city issues. Click below to hear more.

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