Fayette council 4.30

Written by David Green.

Fayette is expected to have a new small industry soon and village council members voted to offer a tax abatement for construction of a new building.

Ham Properties, LTD., of Bryan intends to construct a 6,000 to 8,000 square foot building at the back of the TRW plant.

“From what I’ve been told, it’s going to go up pretty quick,” said Lisa Arend, director of Fulton County Economic Development.

Arend told council members the developer is seeking a 10-year tax abatement only on the $295,000 cost of constructing the building. Half of the taxes that would have gone to the school would be returned to the district.

If council were to make a pledge to give an abatement, she said, then construction would begin and the details of the abatement would be approved at a later date.

Arend said the company offers specialized work on rotors for TRW. The plant would employ four or five workers and could expand in the future with the company’s trucking business.

Councilor Mike Maginn asked if the plant would operate around the clock. Arend said she thinks it’s only a first-shift operation that wouldn’t add to the existing noise from TRW.

MOWING—Property owners who fail to mow their lawns could be in for significant fines if council approves a proposed ordinance.

If grass and weed height ordinance is exceeded, a warning to the property owner will be delivered by a police officer. If no action is taken, a sign will be posted in the yard between the sidewalk and street.

The property owner has seven days to respond before a village worker or someone contracted to do the work mows the lawn. A fee of $50 an hour will be assessed, with a minimum of $50.

In addition, a $250 fine will be assessed, with up to $1,000 charged for multiple incidents. If the sign is not returned to the village hall in good condition, an additional fee of $500 will be assessed.

If the fines are not paid, they will be added to the property owner’s tax bill.

Council will have the proposal reviewed by the village attorney before voting on the ordinance...

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