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City Approves CF 1 for Whitley Products

June 10, 2013

  06/11/13 Plymouth City Attorney Sean Surissi received additional information on the Whitley Products Tax Abatement compliance form.  Two weeks ago the personal property CF 1 was presented for approval but it was unclear if the equipment involved in the tax abatement was still in the Plymouth facility or had been taken to North Carolina. 

Monday night Surissi told City Council members, “Further investigation has determined that the equipment is still in Plymouth.”   

The tax abatement is only for the duration of Whitley’s production this year.  Surrsi said a new company has purchase the facility, and rehired several of the staff.  It was estimated that production will begin later this summer.  As this point some employees are cleaning up the plant and others are working to get contracts back in line before they ramp up production. 

In other business City Council member Mike Delp asked if the city had an interest in the property for sale close to the fire department.  Delp was referring to the Red Cross building. 

Mayor Senter said they have been approached for a couple of years on the property but at this time there is no interest.  Delp said he realized the house wasn’t valuable but thought the property may be to the city. 

Fire Chief Rod Miller said, “I have mixed emotions.”  He commented that acquiring the home to the west would be a big hurtle so at this time it just doesn’t seem feasible. 

The only other business was a letter Mayor Senter read about the park department.  Kevin Maxwell moved to Plymouth a short while ago and wanted to thank Park Superintendent Mike Hite and his employees for the “great work” they do.  The letter commented on how nice the mulch around the Conservation Club House looked.