County seeking bids for water tank at NEAR Megasite

The Etowah County Commission is taking bids for an elevated water storage tower at the Northeast Alabama Regional Megasite — the latest step in readying the site for industrial prospects.

The commission plans to build a 500,000-gallon elevated water storage tank at the 1,100-acre industrial site, and plans to have it emblazoned with the new logo it will use to market the site to companies as it seeks to bring new jobs to Etowah County.

Commissioners recently adopted the new logo and name for the site, formerly known as Little Canoe Creek Megasite.

The commission also reached an agreement to contract with the Gadsden-Etowah County Industrial Development Authority to market the site to potential industries.

The water tank will be added to a list of infrastructure selling points established or planned for the site, including the following:

  • Adjacent to Interstate 59 and U.S. Highway 11
  • Norfolk Southern rail access onsite
  • Electricity provided by Alabama Power Company; new 115 kV substation on site
  • Natural gas providers: Southern Natural Gas, Spire, Boaz Gas Board; 4-inch, 6-inch, 10-inch, 12-inch gas mains; gas pressure of 150 psi, 300 psi, 500 psi
  • Water provided by The Utilities Board of Rainbow City; 12-inch water main
  • Sewer provided by The Utilities Board of Rainbow City; 6-inch sewer main
  • Telecommunications provided by AT&T; both fiber and copper available
  • 10-mile distance to Northeast Regional Airport
  • 50-mile distance to international airport in Birmingham; 140-mile distance to international airport in Atlanta

Sheriff Jonathon Horton told commissioners that Jerry Entrekin, after 24 years as Etowah County constable, will work with the sheriff’s office to serve legal documents. The Alabama Legislature eliminated the constable’s job, giving those duties to the sheriff’s office. Horton said Entrekin eventually will move to work out of the sheriff’s office.