A resolution to approve a property tax abatement for a Lake Township business that is expanding has been unanimously approved by the township board of trustees.
The abatement, approved Tuesday, will allow Electro Plasma Inc., which has purchased a 4.3-acre parcel on Moline-Martin Road to construct a 14,000-square-foot building, to not have to pay property taxes for 10 years.
The Wood County Economic Development Commission recommended the abatement for the company, which currently is leasing a building adjacent to the parcel.
Dave Levison, company owner, said the electronics manufacturing company has 14 full-time workers and three contract employees.
Revenues have increased “four fold” since the business was formed not quite five years ago when it employed five full-time workers, he told the trustees.
If present growth trends continue, the company will hire about 10 new employees over the next few years, he said.
A groundbreaking will be scheduled for late April and Levison said he plans to be in the new building by September.
Many of the company’s clients are in the food safety, medical, and military industries, he said, adding they are domestic and foreign.
Property tax revenues due to the Lake School District and Penta Career Center will not be affected by the abatement, according to the trustees.
In other business, the trustees approved a motion to have all township employees attend a training seminar on workplace ethics.
A consulting firm will be retained to conduct the training at the township administration building.
Melanie Bowen, a trustee, said the township paid for ethics training several years ago. This planned session, however, stems from an incident that resulted in the township fire chief and two fire fighters/emergency medical technicians resigning and a sergeant in the police department being suspended from duty for three days.
The chief and firefighters attended the wedding reception of the police sergeant’s brother, who is also a member of the fire department.
Concerned the sergeant was too intoxicated to drive, the firefighters drove him to his home outside the township and administered a saline solution intravenously – a violation of township regulations, according to the trustees.
In a letter to the editor, trustee Richard Welling writes the fire chief and firefighters were entitled to due process but instead chose to tender their resignations.
The disciplinary measure of the police sergeant was handled by the police chief as set in the department’s union contract.