BEATRICE – The City of Beatrice has sold the land to a company that will build a Hybrid Turkeys facility in the north Gage County Industrial Park.
Elected officials last night approved the sale of three lots of property to Hendrix Genetics, for the company’s Hybrid Turkeys LLC plant, initially to employ twelve to fifteen people. Mayor Stan Wirth.
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The price on the property was $60,000. The city council recently approved re-platting the property and the land will soon be transferred to the company.
Tax increment financing documents must be finalized before construction work begins. Some work could start, yet this year. The company will also be doing an environmental study of the site. The plant, which will hatch turkey eggs with the young birds to be shipped out to growers, will replace a Hendrix Genetics facility located in southwest Missouri.
In other action Monday night, city officials approved an agreement with Hanna: Keelan Associates for a blight determination study involving the old Beatrice Community Hospital property in north-central Beatrice. City Administrator Tobias Tempelmeyer says there is potential for what’s described as redevelopment area number eight.
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If designated as blighted and substandard, that would make 31% of the city’s land area declared as blighted. The city is capped by law, at 35%. The designation is required before tax increment financing can be used. The $6,500 cost of the consultant study is planned to be shared between the city and two other unnamed entities.
The Beatrice City Council approved purchase of a new phone system for the Beatrice Police Department, from Diode Technologies of Diller, for $63,255. The bid was $8,255 over the budgeted amount of the project. The police department has continued to experience problems with its current phone system, since a devastating late-night lightning strike, May 4th, 2015. The bolt destroyed equipment throughout the department and the Southeast Communications Center.