abatement for Gold Star Chili approved at Versailles meeting
Versailles Town Council considered a request for a tax abatement
from Scott Neal, owner of the building where a Gold Star Chili
restaurant will be located, at the regular meeting on Thursday,
September 2. According to town attorney Larry Eaton, the abatement
is for 10 years on a graduated schedule. The restaurant will employ
approximately five full-time and 25 part-time employees at its
location just behind the Shell Station in Versailles.
The motion to approve the requested abatement was approved with
a vote of 2-0-1, with John Holzer abstaining.
Neal also requested a waiver of the sewer tap fee and the water
tap fee. The building will need three of each, according to Neal.
According to water and sewer superintendent Kevin Hensley, the
tap fees are used to recover the cost of treatment. Council President
John Holzer noted that the town has set the precedent not to waive
the fees for other new businesses in the past.
Holzer made a motion to not waive the fees, which died for a lack
of a second. The motion to waive two water tap fees, but no sewer
tap fees, was unanimously approved.
The issue of access to an alley by a neighboring property owner
was discussed. According to Neal, changes have been made to the
site plan in order to allow the property owner use of the alley
to access the drive.
Neal requested the town vacate the alley. The motion to vacate
the alley subject to attorney approval was approved with a vote
of 2-0-1, Holzer abstaining.
Nancy Curry spoke to the council regarding an agreement to waive
sewer tap fees on her property. The Currys (Larry and Nancy) sold
property at a discounted price for the second industrial park
for Versailles. According to the agreement, the purchaser, Ripley
County Redevelopment Commission (RCRC), agreed to waive the sewer
tap fee for the Currys at the time the sewer is brought to the
Holzer explained that after review of the contract, it is his
belief that the Ripley County Redevelopment Commission (RCRC)
is responsible for the cost of the fee and not the town. Town
attorney Larry Eaton will review the contract and speak to the
attorney for the RCRC regarding the matter.
All board members were in attendance. The next meeting will be
held on Thursday, October 7 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Versailles