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            The Board of County Commissioners met in special session at 4:00 p.m. at the 4-H Building with all members and the County Clerk present.  The meeting was called to meet with the City Council and Economic Development Board to discuss potential incentives to encourage Alco to open a store at the Gibson site.

 

            Those attending from the city were Mayor Jim Stroh and councilmen, Thad Kistler, Jerry Anderson, and Tom Keaton.  Bill Powers, City Administrator and David Black, City Attorney were also present.  Several retail merchants also attended the meeting.

 

            Mark Skiles, Economic Development Director, lead the meeting.

 

            Incentives discussed were utility credits, parking lot renovation, and free use of the landfill during remodeling, and sales tax relief.  Mr. Skiles stated that Alco has not asked for any particular thing but they did say that some sales tax relief would be a “good faith effort” by the community.  Mr. Skiles recommended doing some of all the possible incentives.

 

            It was the consensus of those in attendance that Target should be asked if they are interested in coming to the community, but that we should proceed with incentives to attract Alco.

 

            Madison Traster and Jim Stroh expressed appreciation to the retail merchants for coming to the meeting.

 

            No decisions were made at this meeting.

 

            The commissioners adjourned to meet again in regular session at 9:30 a.m. on December 17, 2002.