Cardinal IG receives tax abatement approval

By Ashlee Hoos

Aug 23, 2018

FREMONT — Cardinal IG has received approval from the Fremont Town Council on a 10-year tax abatement for a $4.3 million project that will add 10 jobs to the 300 already at the facility.

Mike Connell, plant manager for Cardinal IG, said the project, which is $4 million for building expansion and $300,000 for equipment, is required to get additional resource power for organic growth as well as to give the company a platform for additional, long-term growth.

The abatement received favorable recommendation from the Fremont Redevelopment Commission before being forwarded to the council for approval, said Steuben County Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Isaac Lee.

Cardinal manufactures glass panels for residential construction.

The council also has opened bids for a property it acquired last year on Toledo Street.

The property, 305 W. Toledo St., was deeded to the town in 2017 because of a mold problem in the home that stood on the property.

The home was torn down in December.

Kurt Bachman, attorney for the town, said bids will be accepted through 4 p.m. on Sept. 18, which is the date of the next council meeting.

Bids must be done on official forms which are available at the clerk-treasurer’s office.

The council also approved having Bachman re-word an ordinance for the town in regards to stop signs and yield signs.

A number of intersections in town have yield signs, not stops, and both Town Marshal Joe Patterson and Clerk-Treasurer Kathy Parsons said they went into town to see what should change and they want to see certain intersections changed. They said the ordinance might as well have all the affected intersections changed at once.

The intersections include Sierer Street at Spring Street, Baum Street at Spring Street, Shepard Street at Albion Street, Sierer Street at Albion Street, North Street at Sierer Street, North Street at Tillotson Street on both sides, North Street at Pleasant Street, Washington Street at North Street, North Street at Bell Street on both sides, Sabin Street at Coldwater Street and Hardy Street at Broad Street.

Another action taken by the council was to approve the 2019 fire contract with the town of Clear Lake.

Parsons said the contract will be for $27,205, which is a three percent increase from 2018, which all incoming fire contracts will see.