SHOALS — The Martin County Commissioners voted Tuesday night, to sell 2 of their 4 acres remaining in the WestGate Tech Park to Chris Baugh of Loogootee for $15,000. Baugh will be building a not-yet-announced business on the acreage.
It was discussed at the last redevelopment commission meeting that Baugh may be requesting tax abatement in the future.
Economic Development Director Tim Kinder noted that the 2 acres have not been on the tax rolls in the county for 70-plus years.
Commissioner Dan Gregory said there are covenants and restrictions on buildings built in WestGate that Baugh has agreed to abide by. Gregory wished Baugh good luck with his endeavor.
Rhonda Rumble with SIDC and Lost River Township Trustee Millie Brown spoke to the commissioners about the Lost River Fire Station grant project. Rumble presented the commissioners with a subrecipient agreement to sign that is an agreement between the county and the fire station to work together.
She also reported that the fire department is working with the engineer to get the final design for the building together and bids will be let next spring. The completion date set by the grant is March of 2014 but Rumble said they are on track to be ahead of schedule.
Julia Albright gave the commissioners a new ordinance regarding fee increases for the health department. The fee for annual food permits was increased from $25 to $50 for permanent establishments. The fees for exempt food establishments and temporary permits per site/event remained the same.
Septic permits were increased from $30 to $50, dye testing stayed at $30, and well water testing went from being free to $10. Birth and death certificates went up from $7 to $8 to $10 depending on the type and to register or amend a birth certificate went up from $24 to $25. The cost for a genealogy search with up to five pages of information went from being no charge to $5. Each additional page is $1.