By Record Staff
The Hesston City Council met Monday, Oct. 14 for a regular meeting.
One of the highlights of the meeting was the appointment of a new City Administrator to replace current Administrator John Carder.
Carder plans to retire in mid-December and the new Administrator Gary Emry will take on the leadership role.
• A public hearing was held for Silverstone Inc.’s appeal for Industrial Revenue Bonds.
The bonds would be used to finance the expansion of their facility and construct an additional building scheduled to be leased to GVL Poly, a plastics company.
According to Sarah , the company qualifies for the maximum abatement, 90 percent of property taxes for a 10-year term.
Carder said the benefits of issuing the bonds are clear.
“This is a 3.84 to 1 benefit. Incidentally, they are also a large consumer of natural gas; so it will be more positive than that,” he said.
Councilman John Reimer also noted increased employment projections.
Councilman Brad Unruh said in addition to creating jobs, the salaries of employees are significant.
“The average salaries for years one through 10, I think those are good salaries,” he said.
Sara said the Council’s passage of a resolution of intent would lead to the next step. She indicated the company would be ready to move forward during the Dec. Council meeting.
• The Council approved an amendment to the wastewater treatment plant.
• J.T. Claus, representing Excel Industries approached the Council for Industrial Revenue Bonds for expansion.
“The estimated cost is $840,000. The building will be used primarily for storage for finished goods; inventory storage. The City has historically supported projects with bonds and given sales tax exemption on construction and property tax,” he said.
Claus indicated the building would be on the east side of the facility and approximately 40,000 square-feet.
The passage of the issuance authorized the publication of a notice of public hearing and a cost-benefit analysis.
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