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01-27-04: Tax abatements allow two companies to add more jobs


Ten-year tax abatements for Stachler Concrete Inc. and LCS, Incorporated were passed unanimously on third reading at the St. Henry Village Council meeting Monday night.
Owner Homer Stachler of St. Henry will build a $600,000, 22,000-square-foot facility bringing 27 full-time and six part-time jobs to the village.
LCS, a material handling company that installs, services and sells material handling equipment, will be located in the 10,000-square-foot commercial spec building in the industrial park. Owners Dan and Teresa Lennartz of Fort Recovery will bring 17 full-time jobs and have pledged eight more during the next three years.
The tax abatements will forgive taxes for both companies in lieu of the companies making a donation to the school ($2,100 annually by Stachler and $1,290 annually by LCS) and creating new jobs in the village.
Also passed unanimously was an agreement with Lester and Delores Hartings of St. Henry to allow them to promote almost 40 acres along Ohio 118, which the village will turn into a third industrial park.
“The Hartings will handle land sales to prospective buyers and allow the village to list the land as commercial and develop it as needed,” Village Administrator Don Hess said earlier.
The village will help with infrastructure and pursue grants as available.
Council’s personnel committee will discuss on Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. the particulars of the new position of village financial officer, previously known as village clerk/treasurer.
“This new position has been set up mainly to move it from an elected position to an appointed position,” Hess said.
Hess has learned the Ohio Department of Transportation has bid out the paving project involving Ohio 118 from the intersection of Ohio 119 to Ohio 29. ODOT expects to complete the project by June 30.
He also told councilors village crews have completed an 8-inch pipe drainage extension to alleviate problems in the area of the north walking path in South Park.
Police Chief Bob Garmann told council his department has received 600 gun locks for free distribution to the public. Locks are available for the asking at the village police office.
Garman has learned the department will receive a $3,300 criminal justice grant for intercommunication with the school system in any emergency situation. Garman will purchase five radios and one laptop computer. Village match on this grant is 10 percent, or $330.
Councilors learned Mayor Lavern Schulze will attend the Mercer County Breakfast Forum on Feb. 10 at Hopewell Grange, and Hess will attend the Ohio Municipal Legislative League’s luncheon in Columbus on March 17.
Residents are reminded not to blow or push snow into the village streets. Also snow mobilers must not trespass on private property.


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