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Bids approved for road at The Point

Nov. 30, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

IRONTON -- Bids were approved Thursday for a road to a 60,000-square-foot building in The Point, a South Point industrial park. The road will be for a building under construction for Intermountain Electronics, a company expected to bring 35 jobs to the park in about two months.

The Lawrence County Board of Commissioners approved a bid of $380,895 to Boone Coleman Construction, a West Portsmouth firm. The county was the lead agency to apply for the community development block grant for the road project.

"We hope to have the road finished by the end of the year," said Bill Dingus, executive director of the Lawrence Economic Development Corporation which is overseeing development of the industrial park.

"We hope to start moving equipment in by late December," said Jeremy Clay, director of the industrial park. The company could begin operations at the building under construction by the end of January, he said.

The 860-foot road is being built with concrete and the work will start in the next week or two, Clay said. "We're currently putting the roof on the building," he said. "It is scheduled to be finished in January."

The Utah-based company makes electronic transformers used in the industrial and mining-related activities, Clay said.

In other action, the board heard a report from County Treasurer Steve Burcham that a tax lien sale set for Jan. 7 could bring in a maximum $2,355,747 in back taxes. His office is listing 1,506 parcels in the sale. Those who owe back taxes can make payment arrangements with the treasurer's office to keep the property off the tax sale. "We can work with people on a payment contract," he said.

"I have done several tax lien sales, but this is by far the largest, we've tried to do" Burcham said. His office has collected $2.1 million in prior tax lien sales, he said.

If the properties aren't sold, his office can sell the tax liens to a private company, Burcham said. Four companies have expressed an interest in buying the tax liens, he said.

One company, Grandview Building Supplies in the South Point area, is expected to sign a contract calling for the payment of $30,000 per month for the next four months to pay its back taxes, Burcham said.

Burcham told commissioners the interest income anticipated next year will be significantly higher. The county expects to receive $275,000 in interest income this year and $431,000 in 2013. The total expected in 2014, however, could drop to between $130,000 and $150,000, he said.

In other action, the board:

Tabled a contract to have Stantec Consulting Services of Columbus, to serve as the airport engineering consultant for the Lawrence County Airpark on County Road 1 west of Chesapeake.

Proclaimed Saturday, Dec. 1, as Thelma Crane Day in Lawrence County in honor of her 100th birthday.

What to do if you owe back taxes

Those owing back taxes in Lawrence County can work out a payment plan through the office of Treasurer Steve Burcham. There are 1,506 parcels included in a proposed tax lien sale set Jan. 7. The treasurer's office can be contacted by calling 740-533-4305 or at www.lawrenceountytreasurer.org.

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