Businessman wants Orion’s help with a tip on his flood-prone property | Politics and elections

LISA HAMMER

WHAT WE KNOW: Businessman Jason West of West Concrete asked Orion Village Council to consider what could be done to ease concerns about a 42-inch pipe meeting a 5-foot pipe on his flood-prone property .

WHAT’S NEW: West spoke with trustees on Monday, noting the flooding and asking the council if anything could be done with the tax increase funding district money, since his property is in the TIF district. The village maintains a 42-inch pipe on its property, but Street Chairman Neal Nelson said there could be a problem if West matches the pipe and the village later wants to install a larger pipe. West plans to construct a commercial building on the property, but not above the pipe. He said he could wait a month and a half for answers.

“All I do is ask for help, and I ask for your opinion,” he said.

AND AFTER: New Main Street director Krystin White presented her organisation’s new ideas, saying it would act more like a chamber of commerce. She asked for $6,000 for 2023 with the option to come back and ask for more if she presents a detailed plan. Village chairman Jim Cooper noted the energy White brought to the post and said she “has a focus on more economic development, and I think that’s what we’ve been missing.” Budget requests will be processed through the regular board budget process later this spring. Additionally, following a closed session at the last Orion meeting, the board decided to pursue the case against the Orion couple with more than three cats on their property at the call to again, saying they believe Henry County Circuit Judge Dana McReynolds was wrong in her recent decision to allow the cats to stay.

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