LEDC goes for $3M to pay for wish list park
Having a research and development park at The Point may be a dream for economic development leaders, but that isn’t stopping them from going after some big bucks from Columbus.
“There is a 20-acre plot that someday I see it as being a R and D park,” Dr. Bill Dingus, executive director of the Lawrence Economic Development Corporation, said.
To boost that dream the Lawrence County Commissioners approved a resolution of support for the LEDC and the county port authority to request $3 million from the Ohio Capital Bill at its Thursday meeting. That bill, which is expected to provide $1 billion in funding to schools and state agencies, will be debated in 2014.
“We thought we would toss our hat in the ring,” Dingus said. “I think R and D should be an important part of a company and I think whether you have an R and D park, if you have a place where you have planned one, you position yourself with international companies.”
Dingus would also like to see at The Point an occupational health park.
“They would furnish all the medically related services for a company,” he said. “There would be a rehab area with an exercise program. But we put in applications all the time for $3 million, $5 million, $15 million. You don’t get them but someday you will hit on them.”
In other action the commissioners:
• Appointed Lori Morris, Michelle Collins and Tim Porter to the county insurance committee;
• Approved a right of way permit for Michael Farley to enter County Road 107 to install a sanitary sewer tap;
• Approved a change order for landslide on County Road 2 for $41,149;
• Approved change order for landslide on County Road 105 for a credit of $7,400;
• Approved change order for landslide on County Road 15 for $1,829;
• Approved an auction for surplus equipment at county maintenance facility;
• Approved service contract for HVAC for jail for $158 a month;
• Received dog warden report for Oct. 12 where no dogs were destroyed, seven were adopted or went to rescue and two dogs were redeemed by owners. That week there were 87 dogs in custody;
• Received dog warden report for Oct. 19, where 13 dogs were destroyed, nine were adopted or went to rescue and none were redeemed. That week there were 96 dogs in custody;
• Received dog warden report for Oct. 26 where no dogs were destroyed, none were adopted and none were redeemed. That week 82 dogs were in custody;
• Received dog warden report for Nov. 2 where no dogs were destroyed, 30 were adopted or went to rescue and two dogs were redeemed. That week 78 dogs were in custody.