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July 26, 2013

Delaware board eyes grant to lure company

By Cheryl Petersen Contributing Writer
The Daily Star

---- — A meeting of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday addressed —among other items — talks with a business that could bring hundreds of new jobs to the area.

Authorization was granted to the board chairman and the director of economic development to submit an application for a block grant to assist with the company, which officials said could bring up to 300 new jobs in the town of Hancock once the business is fully operational.

“The business is a call-center operation,” said Glenn Nealis, Director of Delaware County Economic Development.

The board also discussed the county Department of Emergency Services’ efforts to improve its communications infrastructure.

“We’ve accumulated over $5 million through grant funding,” said Emergency Services Director Rich Bell. “We continue to write grants.”

The board exempted and made immune the DCDES from any local land-use and subdivision laws for the project.

“The land will be used for new towers and buildings,” Bell said. “New electronics will also be installed to upgrade the system. New microwave tower interconnect frequencies are also required by the Federal Communications Commission. The projected finish date is 2016.” 

The board also approved the sale of more than 75 tax-acquired properties, sold at a recent auction.

“It was the toughest auction sale I’ve ever attended,” said Hamden Supervisor Wayne Marshfield. “The bids were low and the operation was laborious, but a few of the properties went well.”

Board of Supervisors Chairman Jim Eisel appointed Walton Supervisor Bruce Dolph chair of the Finance Committee.

“As for the Committee Services Board, new members have been selected: Dr. Sally George of Delhi, James Francisco of Walton and Ellen Stewart of Roxbury,” Eisel said.