By JANIE SOUTHARD
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
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
“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
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,
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.