By PJ Martin
Chairman Wes Jolly gave an update on the South Industrial Park work saying, “We’re in the home stretch,” referring to the Pennington Stave & Cooperage (PS&C) project at the February 20th meeting of the Edmonton Metcalfe Industrial Development Authority
He went on to say that all the construction is completed; however, the fire pump is still an issue. The pump is not the real problem, but rather a part (seal ring) for the fire pump that has yet to arrive.
He explained that a representative of Scott, Murphy, and Daniel has spoken with other construction companies and some of those are also waiting for various fire pumps and parts as well. A workaround temporary solution has been found. A diesel pump is being installed outside the building. This will be used until the part comes in and the initial pump can be installed. The pump is the only thing holding the Development Authority back from authorizing the Certificate of Occupancy for the business.
BREWCO an American company located in Central City, Kentucky is the supplier of the equipment used to make barrel staves. Representatives of BREWCO have been at PS&C testing that the equipment has been installed properly and runs smoothly.
PS&C has been accepting applications for the last few weeks through the Edmonton Metcalfe County Chamber of Commerce. The company will employ 17 people.
A conversation was had concerning the upkeep of the road at the South Industrial Park. The road has not been adopted by the city or the county and the post office does not recognize the current address as official, despite having a road sign designating it as Commercial Drive.
After much discussion and referencing the current lease/buy agreement, it was agreed that the current road will be maintained by the city and county and each will supply two loads of gravel to maintain it. Once the business starts processing staves, the road upkeep will be the responsibility of PS&C as stated in the lease/by agreement.
The board members approved the monthly financial report and the minutes from the January 17th meeting.