Eureka Township drafts PA 425 plan for the city

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 11:59 am on Tuesday, November 13, 2012

EUREKA TOWNSHIP — The Eureka Township Board approved sending a Public Act (PA) 425 agreement to the city of Greenville regarding a proposed Mersen USA annexation.

During Monday night’s meeting, the township board approved moving forward with the annexation by drafting a proposed PA 425 agreement between the township and the city.

“Hopefully everyone took a good look (at the agreement),” said Supervisor Laura Shears.

Shears said she, Tom Faussett, Greenville City Manager George Bosanic, Greenville Mayor John Hoppough and Mersen USA General Manager Mitch Taylor met to work out what can be done between the township and city. Shears was asked to draft a PA 425, which the township board approved sending the city.

Shears said the proposed agreement will transfer the property to Greenville after Mersen and the city file for annexation with the county and the state.

Mersen USA, formally Graphite Engineering and Sales, located at 712 Industrial Park Drive in Greenville, is ranked as one of the top graphite machine facilities in the nation that specializes in machined-graphite products, according to the company’s website.

During the summer, Mersen requested to be annexed into the city to start future plans of expanding its facility.

During Monday’s meeting, Shears said if Mersen does not expand onto the property within five years, the agreement will be terminated.

“If the property is developed within five years, (the agreement) will remain in affect for 35 years,” Shears said.

The proposed agreement will allow the township to collect 3 mills on the land, Shears said noting that in the past, it has usually been 1 or 2 mills.

“(1 or 2 mills) would not begin to cover what we are losing,” she said.

Trustee Elaine Pendrick asked how the meeting went and what thoughts were while talking.

“They were receptive of it,” Shears said of a PA 425. “It gives (Mersen) everything they need.”

Faussett said the city is concerned with a longterm agreement and that is the reason for the five-year term.

“It does give the option to extend the agreement,” Faussett said.

Trustee Brian Zayler asked what kind of building has to be built within the five years once the agreement starts. Faussett clarified the building has to be a manufacturing building.

Now the proposed agreement will be forwarded to the city where the city council will conduct a public hearing and vote on the agreement.

Eureka Township set a public hearing for its Jan. 14 meeting to vote on the agreement.

Shears refused to provide The Daily News with a copy of the proposed agreement during Monday night’s meeting.

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