For over thirty years Atlas Roofing has been booming in business here in Meridian. Employing nearly 250 locals, they contribute around $500,000 a year in taxes. However, the main bridge in which trucks gain access to the industry is now down, and trucks are forced to go around and come in on the opposite side of the job site. Last night, the city council voted to advertise for a CAP loan to be able to repair the access road. Councilman Weston Lindemann proposed bringing the county to the table in this matter.
“It may be a better idea to get the county involved in these discussions and look at maybe paying for it in cash, if the county will help us. That would lessen the burden on the city of Meridian tax payers, and those jobs are in Lauderdale county as a whole. So, it only makes sense that the county should be at the table at least talking about this," said Lindemann. Mayor Percy Bland said he's happy the council approved this resolution.
“They have 250 positions, 250 employees there, so, it’s very vital to our community. I’m glad they voted to move forward on that deal as well.” The council had employees from Atlas come to the previous work session to discuss the industry's overall impact in the city and how vital this access road is for them.