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Hallstead Boro council was addressed by Elizabeth Janoski, director of the county Department of Economic Development at their March 18 meeting. Mrs. Janoski wished to discuss the foundry property; more specifically, would council approve entering the property into the KOZ program? Since the foundry closed, it has become an eyesore. The KOZ program has opened again, allowing more properties to be admitted; but, there is a short window of opportunity. Approving the propertys designation into the KOZ program could prove to be an incentive to attract new business to the area. KOZ would entitle the property to be eligible for many tax breaks, not just real estate tax, as long as the owner is actively cleaning up and improving the property. The state will make an annual evaluation of the property, and determine if it is eligible for tax breaks for each year of the programs duration, which for KOZ is until the end of 2010. The property could be attractive to business as it is in a commercial zone, and has existing infrastructure.
The Susquehanna Community School Board met on March 17; members Mike Kosko and Pat Stewart were not present.
The board approved the minutes of the February 18 meeting, the treasurers report, the general fund bills, the food service report, filing of the activity fund and athletic fund reports. Board president Terry Carpenter noted that the district has received $71,817.99, proceeds from refinancing of a bond issue and $31,799.40 for equipment replacement, through a Title VI small schools grant, which was used to purchase a portable computer cart. And, he noted that the board had received a response letter from the Oakland Township Board of Supervisors regarding road conditions on routes used by district school buses.
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