Marion makes offers for animal hospital

Marion could be welcoming a new business to town Friday following action by the city council to approve a revised agreement at their meeting Monday.

Spur Ridge Vet Hospital presently, located on Main Street in Florence, wants to build a new facility in Batt Industrial Park.

One incentive to come to Marion, said Doug Kjellin, econmic development director, was selling the land in the southeast corner of the industrial park (2.36 acres) to Spur Ridge for $1, with city rescission rights.

In addition, the contract states the city would agree to waive hook-up fees on electrical, water and sewer; provide two culverts for entry and exit off Industrial Road and give assistance in site preparation, he said.

Waiving electrical, water and sewer tap fees, Kjellin said, would also be included in the contract agreement.

Councilor Gene Winkler asked Kjellin about how much site pad preparation screenings would be needed.

?About 20 tons,? Kjellin said. The vet hospital building would be about 5,800 square feet and operational in 2009.

According to the agreement, Spur Ridge would need to start construction five months after the closing and would be allowed an additional five or six months to complete the project.

The contract would also include a right of first refusal on the property, which basically gives the city the first option to buy the property back.

Kjellin said the vet hospital should be responsible for paying the cost of title insurance.

Kjellin said he will also be mindful of the screenings for pad preparation and that it not be used as free fill.

The city will also provide a payloader, one councilor said, to get the screenings onto the lot.

Even though the use of the property will be predominantly for agriculture services (no sales tax), Kjellin said the owner believes there are other benefits.

Those include three new employees within the city limits, county-wide clientele spending money at Marion businesses and the addition of pet services for people in the city.

Editor: For a complete report of Monday?s Marion City Council meeting go to www.hillsborofree?

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