Council passes Project Brick ordinances

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One more special meeting on project after Christmas

Christopher Sardelli
With two unanimous votes, Lancaster County Council moved another step toward bringing a new company to the county’s Air-Rail Industrial Park during a special meeting Friday, Dec. 14.
Council held the meeting to vote on second reading of two ordinances related to Project Brick, a company county officials have not yet identified.
First on the agenda was second reading of Ordinance 1188, to convey 13 acres of property at the industrial park to Project Brick for the construction of a manufacturing facility. The land is near the corner of Mount Nebo Church Road and S.C. 9.
County Attorney Mike Ey said the ordinance spells out the property agreement between the county and the company.
“It lays out what the basic incentives are and also provides 13 acres of property at the Air-Rail Park,” Ey said.
Council then voted 5-0 to approve second reading. Councilmen Cotton Cole and Larry Honeycutt were absent from the meeting.
Council then discussed second reading of Ordinance 1189, which would authorize a fee-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement between the county and Project Brick.
If approved, the company would pay an annual fee and the county would repay the company with special source revenue credits. As part of the schedule, the company would be repaid 75 percent of its fee-in-lieu-of-tax payments for the first three years, and then 50 percent for the next two years. The agreement would last for 30 years.
Council again voted 5-0 to approve the ordinance.
After the votes, Councilman Larry McCullough asked if council would continue to keep the name of the company under wraps.
“In the paper, it mentioned about Project Brick. Will we continue to have confidentiality about it?” McCullough asked.  
He referenced a story The Lancaster News printed Friday in which the name and purpose of the company was revealed during a Lancaster City Council meeting Dec. 11.
During that meeting, City Council members heard a presentation from Ryan Wetherington, marketing director for Lancaster County Economic Development Corp., about the company looking to locate in the planned industrial park off S.C. 9.
Wetherington told City Council during open session that Project Brick is Fancy Pokket, a baked-goods manufacturer headquartered in New Brunswick, Canada.
The company, started in 1989, makes pita bread, bagels, pizza crusts, flat bread and tortilla wraps, among other products.
Answering McCullough’s question Friday, County Administrator Steve Willis said county officials would not name the company until after third reading of all the related ordinances.
“What City Council did is up to them,” Willis said.
Willis again cited confidentiality agreements County Council members signed saying they would not speak about the company.
Council will hold another special meeting Dec. 28 to conclude the ordinance process for Project Brick.
Wrecked vehicles
Council also discussed the replacement of two recently wrecked county vehicles during the meeting.
The vehicles include one used by the Parks and Recreation Department in Indian Land’s Walnut Creek subdivision, as well as a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office patrol car.
Willis said both cars were hit from behind.
“Both were rear-ended so bad that they were totaled,” he said. “We need to move forward with getting replacement vehicles.”
Willis said neither accident was the fault of the county employees driving the vehicles.
He said the need is especially great for the Parks and Recreation Department, because its employees have few vehicles.
“When you’re down (a vehicle), it hurts,” he said.
Council approved the replacement vehicles by a vote of 5-0. Council members did not discuss funding for the vehicles during the meeting.

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