The Clay County Council approved an abatement for a coal recovery project during its meeting Monday night.
The project, which is at the Old Chinook mine and started by Headwaters Energy Services, is working to recover coal particles from slurry ponds and is expected to last approximately 10-15 years.
The abatement applies to $11,975,000 worth of personal property which includes the plant to separate the slurry from the coal, and the pipes in which the product will be sent to the plant through.
The council unanimously approved the abatement, which is slated for 10 years and subject to the clawback agreement in which the county can recover abated tax funds should the company not meet expectations for production, staffing and salaries set by the company itself. By approving the length of the abatement, Headwaters also dropped a second abatement proposal, which would have been for $410,000 of real estate which includes a warehouse building.
The council also discussed giving Headwaters a credit on the clawback agreement since the company is covering all costs of improvements to a half-mile stretch of road on County Road 500 West, but did not come to a decision.
Additional Appropriations during Monday night's meeting came included:
* A total of $500, from the General Fund, for the Van Buren Township Deputy Assessor, who recently became a Level Two Assessor.
* For work on a new employee handbook, $7,000 was taken from the Commissioners' Fund to pay for legal fees.
* For a HazMat instructional conference in Indianapolis, $950 was taken from to the LEPC fund.
* To replace a total of five county bridges, $225,000 was taken from the Cumulative Bridge Fund. This includes $75,000 for a flat car to replace Bridge 227, and the remainder to purchase four tank cars to replace other bridges.
* A total of $8,000 was taken from the Highway Fund to purchase new garage doors for the highway garage because the current doors have been on since the 1960s and are breaking down.
The next meeting of the Clay County Council will be Monday, Nov. 5, at 6 p.m. in the Commissioners' Court of the Clay County Courthouse.