Archbold Village Council agreed to rebate a $49,700 payment to the ConAgra Foods plant at its Monday, Jan. 4, meeting.
The payment is part of a property tax abatement the village negotiated with the company in the early 2000s. Under the agreement, the company agreed to donate $49,700 to the village, in return for savings on the company’s personal property tax.
However, the Ohio legislature ended collection of the personal property tax. Dennis Howell, Archbold Village administrator, said the company was “paying for a benefi t it was not receiving.”
The rebate money will go directly to the Archbold plant, which Howell says plant officials use for capital projects.
Councilmen also approved a contract for fire protection services, which will be submitted to the German Township Trustees.
For decades, German Township has purchased fire equipment, including fire trucks. The most recent purchase was the new aerial ladder truck. Delivered in May 2009, it cost more than $650,000.
The village part of the agreement is to provide the buildings to house the fire trucks, and pay the firefighters.
Howell said under the last three-year contract with the trustees, the trustees agreed to pay the village $4,780 per year.
Council approved increasing the figure by 3%, to $5,210 per each year for the next three years.
The trustees will consider the proposed contract at their Monday, Jan. 11, meeting. The old contract expires Thursday, Jan. 14, Howell said.
Council reviewed the village zoning reports for the months of August through December, plus the annual zoning report for 2009.
During 2009, there were three new homes started in the village, Howell said.
During the meeting, Brad Grime, former council member, was presented a plaque commemorating his 12 years of service to council. He did not seek reelection last year.–David Pugh