Village offers firm tax incentive

By Patricia Ann Speelman -

FORT LORAMIE — Members of the Fort Loramie Village Council approved a tax incentive for St. Mary’s Iron Works during their regular meeting, Oct. 8.

The firm plans to purchase a building within the corporation limits and asked for an incentive to move to Fort Loramie. Council approved a 50 percent refund of income tax for five years.

In other business, the council:

• Approved a contract with Utility Service Co. Inc. for water tower maintenance for seven years. The cost for the first year’s service will be $70,982. Council discussed adding a surcharge to residents’ water bills or raising water rates to cover the cost. The matter was referred to the Finance Committee for further discussion.

• Gave second reading to an ordinance concening the adoption of general rules for all village parks. Discussion centered on language concerning firearms. Council decided to delete that section from the ordinance.

• Passed a resolution authorizing the village administrator to apply for a Federal Land and Water Conservation Grant for parking lot and pavilion improvements in Redskin Park.

• Accepted a report by the Parks Committee that there should be quotes from vendors of playground equipment soon.

• Accepted a report by the Finance Committee that total receipts for the year to date are down 10.9 percent from the same time last year. The committee will meet Nov. 5 to discuss the 2019 budget.

• Approved a request by the police chief to replace tasers.

• Discussed when playground equipment would be installed (next spring); when residents would be billed for sidewalk replacements (when the village is billed by the contractor); when trees in Canal Park would be replaced (this fall); and that the village parking lot has potholes that need to be taken care of.

• Went into executive session to discuss the purchase of property. No action was taken following the session.

By Patricia Ann Speelman

Reach the writer at 937-538-4824.

Reach the writer at 937-538-4824.