A Bid, Tax Abatement, and Rezoning Approved

Compiled by Peg McRoy

The Danville Town Council met July 5. These meetings can be viewed on the town’s YouTube channel after the meeting. The council meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at Danville Town Hall, 49 N. Wayne St. The next scheduled meeting is July 19.

What happened: Andrew Pitcher, department of public works superintendent, reported to the council the lowest most responsive bid for the Community Crossing Grant. The council approved the bid.

What this means:  At the council’s last meeting on June 21, four bids were opened and presented to the council. The council voted to have the staff review the bids and present a recommendation at this meeting. Pitcher recommended that the town accept the bid from Howard Companies for $512,873 and the council accepted that recommendation. This project is for pavement preservation. A Community Crossing Grant is a matching grant awarded by the State for road and bridge repairs.

What happened: Bio Response Solutions, Inc., a small family-owned international company in Danville that specializes in the design, production, and implementation of custom biowaste treatment systems, reported on its tax abatement compliance. The council voted that it is in substantial compliance.

What this means: Joe Wilson, CEO of Bio Response, stated that it is the company’s ninth year in business and, according to Wilson’s verbal report to the council, the company has exceeded the parameters that were laid out to receive the tax abatement nine years ago. The goal was 17 employees, and the company has 29 with salaries equaling $1.6 million exceeding the $1.1 million target.

What happened: The council approved an ordinance to rezone property located at 98 W. Lincoln St. from an R2C (residential 2 central district) to an IG (industrial general district) zone. Co-Alliance, an agriculture and energy cooperative, is the petitioner.

What this means: Town Planner Lesa Ternet reported that a public hearing on this zoning change was held on June 14 by the plan commission. This action came before the council with a favorable recommendation from the commission. This property is located across the street from where Co-Alliance buildings are currently located and has been used by Co-Alliance for several years for equipment storage. Co-Alliance wants to construct an open-faced shed to house and protect equipment.

What happened: The council came to a consensus for the department of public works to move forward on the placement of new parking restriction signs on Washington St.

What this means:  The department of public works made this request due to recent modifications that have been made to reduce the size of parking spaces on the east side of the square.