MOULTRIE -- Two businesses making their way into Moultrie were helped out by the City Council Tuesday.

Fifteen acres of land eyed by the Home Depot home improvement chain was annexed into the city and zoned for commercial use. The rezoning and annexation allow Home Depot to begin construction on the land.

Home Depot plans to open a store on the corner of Veterans Parkway and Adel Highway next year.

Also getting approval by the council was a $125,000 grant to Ice House America, taken out of the Local Revolving Loan Fund (RLF). The purpose of the grant is to help with purchasing the former Ball Container plant.

To allow the grant, the city council will take money from the $323,973 RLF, with no return required from Ice House America. The city hopes job creation because of the grant will outweigh the loss of finances.

In an unrelated vote, the city council lowered the interest rate for Local RLF loans from 5 percent to no lower than 3 percent.

Other measures passed by the City Council include:

Approval of the expenditure of no more than $3,000 for an asbestos and hazardous materials survey of the former Vereen Hospital site. The expenditure is roughly one-third of the $8,500 cost for Advanced Environmental Technologies, LLC. (AET) to perform a survey of the building for any hazardous materials;

A resolution to honor Connie Leigh, who is retiring from her position as a secretary with the Parks and Recreation Department. She is retiring July 15 after being with the department for 23 years;

Approval of licenses to allow the Citgo Food Mart on West Central Avenue and the ARGS Quick Serve on North Veterans Parkway to sell beer and wine for off-premesis consumption;

Accepting the Colquitt Towers Rehabilitation Project Statement of Contract Award and Statement of General and Special Conditions; and

Asking the Georgia Department of Transportation to remove a plan to create a one-way pair improvement for State Route 37. The plan would have made First Street Southeast a one-way street from the Okapilco Creek Bridge to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

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