Lawrence County Redevelopment Commission busy during Thursday morning meeting

BEDFORD – During the Lawrence County Redevelopment Commission meeting Thursday, the Commission reviewed and discussed claims and the update to the Marshall Township TIF district.

The meeting began with a claim from Lisa Lee with Ice Miller LLP who offered services to the Commission through the process of dissolving the old Lehigh TIF district in order to establish the new TIF district for a total of $13,629.16.

A motion was put on the floor to approve the payment to Lisa Lee from the remaining funds of the Marshall Township TIF district, after discussing the option with Heidi Amspaugh from Baker Tilly, which are eligible to use for all administrative fees. The motion was approved by the Commission to pay Ice Miller for their services.

Lawrence County Redevelopment Commission during their December 9th meeting

The Commission then moved on to discuss the Marshall Township TIF and what projects they felt were necessary to assist in financially.

There had been discussion to help the township with the Avoca Park renovations and improvements for $40,000, money to go towards a Utility Task vehicle for the Marshall Volunteer Fire Department for $17,500, and $56,000 for the South Central Regional Sewer District for sewer improvements. The total of $113,500 was approved by the members of the Commission for the three projects.

The next item discussed during the meeting was the installation of Broadband services at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds through Smithville Fiber. The total cost of installation would be $70,560 in order to include these services at the fair grounds.

The fair board would be relieved of payments for the first four years of the service, but will then take on the annual amount of $11,000 over the 10 year commitment.

Two options were available from Smithville Fiber, but concerns over putting the pressure on the fair board to take on the annual payments caused this plan to be tabled until the next meeting in January of 2022.

The final motion of the meeting was to use the remaining balance from the Marshal Township TIF district. The balance of $2,187.12 will be used to pay a retainer to County Attorney Dave Smith for his legal services and advice during the first year of the RDC. This motion was unanimously approved by the Commission.