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by Patty Cheffey
The Marion County Commission approved two steps in assisting Doyle Manufacturing with a $5 million expansion project.
The commission approved a resolution and an application for private activity bond allocation during their meeting Monday, at which they also approved a planning and zoning change request for Blessing Hospital and approved reimbursement requests on the County Road 402 bridge.
According to Corey Mehaffy, executive director of Hannibal Regional Economic Development Council, who spoke on behalf of Doyle Manufacturing, the resolution will allow the county to be ready to issue industrial revenue bonds to finance a project for Doyle Enterprises of Northeast Missouri, LLC.
In addition, the resolution allows the company to proceed with acquisition, construction and installation of the project by advancing the funds necessary to make purchases and do construction work.
Mehaffy also noted the resolution allows the use of Gilmore and Bell, P.C. as the bond counsel to prepare all necessary documentation for the bonds.
The commissioners unanimously approved the resolution as well as the application to bond allocation, a necessary step with the state before bonds can be issued, Mehaffy said.
He did note some decisions have yet to be made on whether the project will be a stand alone project or will be combined with the current one, which would extend the bonds on the original project.
If the projects are combined into one, that will set up a shorter time for the abatement. If separate, the abatement would be long, but would only affect the new project.
Once all information has been figured out with the bank, Mehaffy said they would be back to give the commissioners the tax impact statements.
He also noted that while the tax abatement continues on the main building, Doyle Enterprises is paying taxes on property and the rest of the buildings.
In other business, the commissioners approved by unanimous vote, to approve the recommendation from planning and zoning to rezoning 5.66 acres of property from agriculture to commercial for Blessing Hospital.
Norm Ellerbrock, the project surveyor, was present at Monday’s meeting.
During last week’s planning and zoning meeting, pictures of the site were shown, but no comments were received from visitors.
Under the plan, a building will be built parallel to and west of the existing structure. It will have its own entrance to CR 326.
Planning and zoning had voted 5-0 in favor of recommending with rezoning, and Susan Gard, noted she felt it was a “good thing.”
Jerry Jackson, representing Blessing Hospital at the planning and zoning meeting, said construction could possibly start this year.
Also Monday, the commissioners approved two reimbursement requests for MoDOT for the County Road 402 bridge project.
One, in the amount of $3,586.92 is for bridge construction and inspection and the other, a request from Bleigh Construction, is for $243,263.37 for bridge construction. The total request is for $246,850.29.
The commissioners also approved rebidding for portable radios after determining that last week’s lone bid was too high.
Steve Begley, Western District commissioner, also reported the site of the county’s new storage building has been moved slightly after learning it would have cost $20,000 to move utility lines.