Geneva awarded full grant monies

Authored by Manda Arnold on Jun 4, 2014

In a decision that surprised Geneva Clerk-Treasurer Bill Warren, the USDA granted the Geneva Police Department the full amount requested for their three new police vehicles, according to a report during the Geneva Town Council meeting on Tuesday evening.
The grant will cover $42,300 of the $78,500 total cost of the cars. This leaves the remaining $36,300 to be paid by the town. One of the new vehicles, an SUV, has already been ordered and should be delivered soon. Warren also requested that the council approve ordering the other two vehicles from Moser Motors, where they purchased the SUV. Monies have not been dispersed as the USDA is waiting on final approval from Washington, but Warren stated that he was informed that once a signed letter of intent has been submitted and a request for obligation has been made it is rare that it is not approved.
Elkhart Products Corporation (EPC) was present at Tuesday evening’s meeting to request an Economic Revitalization Area abatement. EPC will be purchasing new equipment that will not only help retain the current employees but will also require the hiring of 12 new employees. They will be purchasing $1,370,000 worth of major machinery to develop and expand their product. They currently ship all over the world, including China, Mexico, and Hungary.
“I think it’s great if we can ship EPC product to China,” stated council member Doug Milligan.
Council approved the Declaratory Resolution submitted by EPC, and there will be a public hearing during the July 8 town council meeting.
In budget news, Warren is already looking ahead to 2015. He stated that some of the changes in store for the new budget include an $800, approximately two percent, raise for all city employees and an increase in health insurance. He stated that he is budgeting for a 12 percent increase in health insurance costs but that with the Affordable Care Act in place, it makes things a little uncertain. There is the possibility that they may be able to keep their current policy until December 1, 2015. He also stated that there may be an additional 30 percent increase to premiums for smokers. If this is the case, a 12 percent increase in the budget will not be enough.
The public hearing for the Red Gold Declaratory Resolutions was held at the beginning of the meeting. Red Gold’s application for a super abatement was scored last month as was approved for a 10-year tax phase-in. They will be adding $5,700,000 in personal property and $10,700,000 in real estate. With no objections made by the public, the resolutions were unanimously approved.

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