Plant annexation passes

The Geneva City Council worked quickly through a light agenda at the council’s first meeting of 2016.

Agenda items on January 4 included:
• Councilwoman Jean Engle recommended to the council to approve two requests for Geneva City Sales Tax Community Betterment funding.  Recommendations included $14,000 for a Geneva Boy Scout Troop 175 service project to erect a welcome sign on the east side of Geneva similar to the one that was constructed for an Eagle Scout Project on the west side of town on State Highway 41 and $600 to the Main street Gardeners for mulch, plants and advertising for volunteers. Glen Loontjer and Tyler Loontjer encouraged city council members to suggest locations for the sign on the east side of the city.
“These are beautiful signs,” councilman Todd Boller said.  “It’s very impressive coming in from the west now.”
• The city council approved Ordinance No. 1072 on the third and final reading that annexes land that will be used for the Tetrad Corporation to build the Fortigen anhydrous ammonia plant in Geneva.
“Welcome to Geneva officially,” Geneva Mayor Rod Norrie said.
“Thank you for the warm welcome,” said Joshua Westling, finance and acquisition manager with Tetrad.  “We appreciate all of your support.”
Westling told the city council that the name “Fortigen” has been established for the project in Geneva.  He also noted that the land the plant will be located on has officially been purchased and the timing for the project has been good. He also said portions of the new plant are being refurbished now and coming from a location in Canada through St. Louis, Mo.  Because of this, Westling said some three years of lead time will be trimmed away for the proposed plant.  Grading for the plant site is still expected to begin in April or May with the height of construction taking place in the late summer-fall of this year, he said.
• During his Administrator’s Report, Geneva City Administrator Kyle Svec told the council that he has walked through snow removal plans with State Department of Roads officials and feels an updated agreement should be ready for approval at the next meeting. He also noted a water main break on F Street was repaired on the weekend after Christmas.

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