HUNTSVILLE — By unanimous vote Monday, Scott County Commission approved the transfer of ownership of nearly six acres of property to accommodate an industrial expansion by Takahata Precision of Tennessee at the Mid-County Industrial Park.
Takahata, which manufactures parts for the auto industry, sought the vacant property adjacent to its current facility for its fourth expansion in Helenwood. Representing the company before County Commission at Monday's meeting, Anthony Newport said no specific timeline has been set for the expansion; rather, he said, Takahata needs to show an ability to grow in order to accommodate business contracts it is currently seeking.
Newport said Takahata's third expansion will begin next month, and will take up "needed parking space that we're already struggling with. For future business, we need to show that we have space to expand."
In response to a question from 3rd District Commissioner Sheila Buttram, Newport said the exact timeline for the next expansion has not been finalized.
"We have to show that we have the option (to expand) here in Scott County," Newport said. "If not, there are other options that Takahata will pursue. I cannot guarantee that construction will start within a year."
Newport said Takahata currently employs 276 workers, with 36 recent hires, and hopes to add 50 jobs within the next two years.
"We always kinda understate because we don't want to inflate the numbers," Newport said. "But, realistically speaking, we're looking at 50 more in addition to the 36 we just hired."
Second District Commissioner Sam Lyles asked whether property tax revenue would be received with the transfer of the two parcels of property from county government to the Industrial Development Board of Scott County. Seventh District Commissioner Mike Slaven said no property tax will be collected on the property.
Ultimately, County Commission approved the property transfer by a 13-0 vote with 7th District Commissioner Rick Burke absent.
In other matters Monday:
• Second District Commissioner June Jeffers encouraged her fellow commissioners to obtain a copy of delinquent taxpayers from either the Clerk & Master's office or the Finance Department, saying the list is 87 pages long. "You all need to look over it and you might see somebody that you can call to tell them their name will be in the paper and they need to get their taxes paid," Jeffers said.
• By a 13-0 vote, commissioners approved a revised grant application for the Scott County Airport for new hangar construction. The revised grant amount would be $800,000, including $500,000 in expanded funding. Because the grant requires a five percent match, the impact on the budget for the current fiscal year would be "about $4,000," according to Budget Committee chairman Trent Cross.
• Approval was given to a road block for the South Scott Volunteer Fire Department, to be conducted on May 6 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the S.R. 52 intersection with U.S. Hwy. 27, on U.S. Hwy. 27 in front of the South Scott fire hall, and Old Hwy. 27 in New River.
• Approval was given for naming a private drive off Helenwood Detour Road as Cedar Ridge Private Drive for E-911 purposes.
• Commissioners voted to accept the resignation of Shantel Crabtree from the county's Solid Waste Board.