Council to vote on leasing property

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 10, 2008

A resolution regarding hiring the Ironton-Lawrence County Community Action Organization to administer the grant process for the city will again be on the Ironton City Council agenda on Thursday.

The resolution failed at a regular meeting two weeks ago after several city councilmen expressed concerns about using the organization. At a meeting on April 2, the CAO’s assistant executive director, spoke with the councilmen and answered their questions.

“Talking to the councilmen after the last meeting, I believe their questions were answered,” Ironton Mayor Richard Blankenship. “So I think it will pass this time. But you don’t know until the last vote is in.”

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The big ordinance on the agenda will be the city leasing property to Big G, Inc., a concrete company.

Big G, Inc. has been making concrete products in Lawrence County since 1990 operating as Picket Concrete. The company pours concrete walls and is expanding into casting concrete materials.

Company owner John Galloway said the new company, Premier Precast, will be located at 317 Hecla Street.

“It is a new operation and we will be making precast products like manholes and catch basins,” he said. “People don’t really see those except when it is being transported on the truck.”

Galloway said the company would have a grand opening in a month or so after the building is painted.

“We are in the throes of getting it started up,” he said. He added it will have six employees starting off and over the next few years get up to 10 employees.

An ordinance about the removal of weeds and litter in the city is up for a second reading.

The Ironton City Council meets Thursday at 6 p.m. in council chambers on the third floor of the City center.