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12-09-03: St. Henry may get two businesses


St. Henry’s industrial park will likely grow by at least two businesses as the village council considers applications for tax abatements, both over a 10-year period.
Stachler Concrete Inc., a long-time business just outside the village, and LCS Incorporated, an existing rural Fort Recovery business, are planning new facilities in the village industrial park.
Stachler plans to build a $600,000, 22,000-square-foot facility that will bring 27 full-time and six part-time jobs. The company is owned by Homer Stachler of St. Henry.
LCS owners Dan and Teresa Lennartz of Fort Recovery recently signed an agreement to purchase a 10,000-square-foot commercial spec building in the industrial park for $369,000.
“LCS is a material handling company that installs services and sells material handling equipment. They’ll bring 17 full-time jobs and have pledged eight more over the next three years,” Village Administrator Don Hess said following the Monday night village council meeting.
Additionally, the Lennartz couple are looking into the feasibility of building a separate facility in the industrial park to house a daycare center.
Council members reviewed the two company’s applications for tax abatements, which would forgive taxes in lieu of the companies making donations to the school and promising job creations. No decision was made and more discussion will follow at a later meeting.
Also at the meeting, Mayor Lavern Schulze signed a surcharge agreement for 2004 for the village to operate wastewater pretreatment for Cooper Farms at $8,100 per month.
Hess met with Craig Eley, ODOT District 7 safety manager, regarding posted speed limits west of town on Ohio 119.
“It’s 55 mph to the village limits but the posted 35 mph does not appear until the 119 fork. Craig said state law is that all speed within village limits is 50 mph unless posted.
“We’ll be looking into the cost and time involved for a speed study to legally reduce the speed to safer limits in front of the nursing home (The Gardens at St. Henry),” Hess said.
The village also signed an agreement with Mercer Landmark to place an antenna on one of the company’s structures for the purpose of “initiating a radio read of water meters,” according to Hess.
“This will be a progressive system over the next five years to change residences’ meters to transmitters,” he said.


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