By Sara Tischauser
The Seymour City Council met at 7 p.m. on April 8 in the City Hall Council Chambers.
The Council discussed DairyLand Structures wanting to purchase the 5 acres on Mainline Drive in the Industrial Park.
Mayor Ryan Kraft gave an overview of DairyLand Structures to the Council.
“DairyLand Structures currently has been in business for five years,” Kraft said. “Corey Roffers owns DairyLand Structures and his brother Justin is vice president. They employ 25 individuals during their peak season. Historically they have been very much agricultural centric. They are currently located out on G as you head out to Highway 47. Corey Roffers father owns a fairly large farm out there with fairly large outbuildings and for the first five years of the business he allowed them to run their business off of that property.”
However, now DairyLand Structures is looking to move their operation into Seymour and looking at making changes to their business. Kraft said that in the past year the business has looked to branch out their business as the market has changed and expand to more commercial buildings and doing fabrication work.
“As they looked to rebrand themselves getting them on Mainline and kind of at the front and center of Mainline as you come into Industrial Park they quickly started to realize they could use that 5 acres,” Kraft said.
Kraft said with the new property DairyLand Structures would be able to have an office space to bring customers to which they currently don’t have.
Also, Kraft said DairyLand Structures has already contacted the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to see if they would be able to expand their landscaping and green space area all the way to the trail. DairyLand Structures has said they would like to have picnic tables and an outdoor area for their employees to use as well as anyone using the trail that runs behind the property.
Council member Ryan Kinney raised concerns about if DairyLand Structures would continue to keep their property clean and looking nice after they are there for a while.
“Are we worried that they will be looking at Performance [Corporation] and wondering why they [DairyLand Structures] have spent all this money,” Kinney said.
Kinney pointed out that on Performance Corporation’s property there are piles of wood sitting everywhere and it doesn’t aesthetically look good.
“He [Performance Corporation] should at least have to put up a fence or something,” Kinney said. “I don’t think residents should have to stare at that and [deal] with the pests. You can’t tell me that with thousands of pallets there aren’t mice and there’s not rats. This place is huge and you can’t tell me that there is nothing there. They can spray all they want there are still pests coming in there.”
Mike Blohm, council member, said he understood Kinney’s concerns but they are limited in what they can do.
“He’s a business in town,” Blohm said about Performance Corporation. “We are limited to what can we do to him without changing ordinances after he buys it, which is wrong.”
Kraft said he understood the concerns as well, but some of these issues are what come with having an Industrial Park.
“Nature of industrial park is to have a place in the city where those types of activities are allowed because those types of businesses contribute substantially to the tax base,” Kraft said. “Without them you start looking at how do you pay to plow our roads, how do you pay to modernize our infrastructure if you don’t have those very large tax generated businesses in our community.”
Kraft said by having a developer’s agreement with timelines they can put terms in place to try and limit some of these concerns.
Blohm said they have to be careful and not put too many restrictions in place that would hinder businesses coming in.
“If we make it too hard for them to come in there’s enough other communities and industrial parks that are looking for these people,” Blohm said. “Yes, we want to protect our interests but if we make the bar too high any development in Seymour is done, and if you get that reputation you don’t come back from that. “
Kraft said representatives from DairyLand Structures will be at the restructuring council meeting at 7 p.m. on April 16 and can address some of these concerns. The Council will be looking at two resolutions regarding DairyLand Structures at the April 16 meeting.
Other Council business
The Council approved Ordinance Number OR 2019-102 which amended Chapter 42-Law Enforcement by removing section 42-1 mayor to head police department.
The Council approved Ordinance Number OR 2019-103 changing the zoning and zoning map for 307 South Main St. the property will be rezoned from central business to single family.
Bartender licenses were approved for Nega Bhurtel, Lacey Luber, Pooja Neupane and Benjamin Schwister.
Class A liquor license was approved for Bhattarai Rekha d/b/a Shop and Save Mart, Halesi LLC.
The next council meeting is at 7 p.m. on April 16 in the City Hall Council Chambers for the reorganization council.