10/16/2020 11:50:00 AM County Board okays financial
incentive for A1 Tire Service
The County Board met in person October 7 minus Commissioner George McMahon. Most county staff continue to report-in remotely for their items on the agenda, with the exception of the head of Environmental Services Kurt Schneider and HRA/EDA Director Nancy Hoffman who were in the room.
Hoffman attended to answer questions on a requested business tax abatement.
A-1 Tire seeks $67,290 over five years from the county share of the increase in property tax. Tax abatements are used to fund project costs instead of being deposited into county receipts.
A-1 owner Jeff Selvog told the Board the building costs are about $1.4 million. Some design standards imposed by the township increased his budget (boxed building corners, pavement). He can only do the project if there’s an abatement to recoup some of the expenses. Hoffman said Lent Township supervisors have agreed to the township abatement share of $22,000.
Currently classed as agricultural land, this 10 acre building site will bring in several- times these property taxes after the 20,000 square foot building is up. Selvog added these will be fulltime jobs, and the business will help attract people to turn off at the #17 and I-35 interchange. The project also creates two commercial five-acre lots. The business has been housed in Stacy in two leased spaces and has outgrown those sites. The abatement was unanimously approved on a motion by Chris DuBose.
In other matters: The Board authorized county highway department to proceed on engineering for two culvert projects in North Branch. The 30 inch one underneath Falcon Avenue will be replaced for $14,550 and the one underneath Maple Street will be upsized to 54 inch and cost is $52,810.
An application for a Gordian Energy Systems solar array in Sunrise Township (Sec. 28 T.35 R20) on 375th Street, was granted an Interim Use Permit in April 2019, but it expired because it hadn’t been used in a year. There was a reconsideration of how to handle this before the Board. Commissioners unanimously agreed the Interim Use Permit can be re-applied for. An earlier action by the Board allowing the IUP to remain active was rescinded and the fee was refunded.
Covid assistance monies are being applied to needs cited by the East Central Regional Library system for expenses involving items like hand washing stations at branch libraries, etc. The old sheriff office space at the County Government Center gets funds to be remodeled. Sheriff personnel are now at the Public Safety Center. The probation department has made a case to use that larger square footage so it can handle on-going services for offenders and provide virus protections and meet growing needs.
The Comfort Lake Forest Lake Watershed District has a vacancy, with an expired seat. www.co.chisago.mn.us has application information.