By JANIE SOUTHARD
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
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
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
“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),”
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,”