In other business:
- The Redevelopment Commission unanimously passed a resolution to help fund a water system study. The study will investigate the possibility of supplying water to the I-70/S.R. 59 Economic Development Area in anticipation of making utilities available to industry wanting to locate in that area. The commission will pay the city $17,000 in three equal payments, one-third now, one-third when the study is half completed and one-third after the commission receives a copy of the study.
- The Redevelopment Commission directed a Sunrise Coal tax abatement request to Attorney Scott Craig of the firm, Cox, Zwerner, Gambill & Sullivan. Craig has proposed an arrangement whereby all tax abatement requests would be reviewed by his office for a $750 dollar fee before being presented to the Redevelopment Commission. The purpose for the arrangement would be to protect the county because each tax abatement request is written differently and all requests are governed by state law, Redevelopment Commission Member Mary Jo Alumbaugh said.
The arrangement with Craig has not been finalized. A resolution is expected to be presented to the Redevelopment Commission in February.
Sunrise Coal plans to hire 50-60 people to work for $20 per hour at an operation in Lewis Township, said spokesman Denny Jarvis. The mining is expected to last about five years, he said. But the company hopes to move those employees to Sullivan County when finished in Clay County.
- The Redevelopment Commission voted to continue work aimed at cleaning up diesel fuel and other pollutants at the old Brazil Clay Co. property on S.R. 340. Members hope federal Superfund money will be available.
Present at the meeting were Moore, Alumbaugh, Treasurer Joe Dierdorf, Vice President Bill Sisson and Ex-officio Member Dr. David A. Breitweiser. Absent were Jack Braden, Janice Gooch and Ex-Officio Member Brandy Means. Breitweiser and Means are non-voting liaisons from the City of Brazil to the Redevelopment Commission.