Morrow County Economic Development Director Pat Davies addressed Cardington Village council during their regular meeting on February 17, 2014.
Davies, noting she deals with entrepreneurship and the creation of jobs in the county and the villages, named some of those created in 2014, including the new dentist and Urgent Care in Mount Gilead, and rebuilding the health and medical infrastructure.
She also named the opening of Boondocks Restaurant and Hatfield’s Kitchen in Mount Gilead.
She pointed out that the Mid Ohio Sports Raceway IS in Morrow County and has now expanded to the NASCAR race, which means the provision of contracted services including law enforcement, etc.
One of the three pillars she follows is civic infrastructure. “We want to take care of those here.”
She said that in 2008, “Cardington lost Stahl’s and we’ve been working to attract someone to that site.”
She related she has been in that building with nine different prospects - working with international companies- four have gone through it, plus businesses from cities around here who have looked at it- even from California and some from Cleveland and other Ohio cities.
She noted, “we’ve been connected to the Columbus 20-20 and whether you are for or against (Gov) Kasich, you can’t deny the Jobs Ohio movement has helped us get connected to attract business.”
Relative to business retention, she said, “We helped a young entrepreneur and he went into the old News Color Press building - and became the new Lubrications Specialty. He hopes to create 15 jobs over the next few years.
Speaking of Cardington Yutaka (CYT) here in Cardington, she said, “with our business retention and expansion, we have helped them secure a personal voucher training grant which helps offset training costs for the facility. This is something new for Ohio, workplace development. Ohio has become on more even footing with states like Louisiana and Alabama. You may not know but three years ago we were competing with them to keep CYT. They have 900 employees. During the past year they added 100 employees and added two production lines. We’re thrilled to continue to help them. There’s a mastery in working with an international company as you learn to communicate with them and deal with a different culture. CYT wants to be the best community member they can be.”
Mayor Susie Peyton pointed out council meets with CYT on a regular basis.
Davies also described the Moving Ohio Forward Program. She said Morrow County has received $220,226 in settlement dollars. The money is used to raze vacant and blighted properties. She said Morrow County has razed seven so far - and we still have $100,000 to use. Mayor Peyton said the zoning committee will discuss this issue in their next meeting.
Fiscal officer Deb Fry presented bills in the amount of $34,246.82 to be paid. She brought attention to the bill to American Rock Salt in the amount of $3,591.71 for additional street sale needed due to the severe winter. Council approved payment of the bills.
Under Utilities, council discussed whether the pool’s filling should be paid for by the village or by the Rec board. Council agreed to pay for the pool’s filling.
Following a lengthy discussion on the development of Maxwell Park, council members decided to seek more information and discuss this further at work session.
Danny Wood, village administrator, discussed the Phase Five grant which is to replace the water line on Center Street. The village, he says, came in Number
Seven on the request list, tied with Number Six. He would like to resubmit the grant with more information to increase the possibility of moving up the list.
One suggestion, he said, would be to borrow the match money for the grant which will score the village more points. The money for the match is already in place but borrowing it increases the possibility of moving up the ladder.
Wood said the village would make one payment then pay the loan off with the funds budgeted. He said our engineer, Scott Hines, feels with this move, that the village has a good chance to move into fifth position as some of the first five may not be able to meet the requirements needed to finalize everything for the grant.
Council authorized Wood to work on borrowing the funds for the grant money match.
Council will meet next on March 3, 2014 at 7 pm.