By ROBERT S. MERRILL
A 20-year lease for property at Preston’s Industrial Park was signed Monday by local resident Jim Read and the city council.
Read is in the process of purchasing a building that was once occupied by Moser Truss. Read told The Preston Citizen he is still working out details of his proposed operation and would announce the exact nature of the business in the near future.
“We will have at least five employees when we get up and running. These will be good paying jobs. We hope to expand our employee count in the coming months,” he said.
The Moser Truss Building sits on 2.5 acres of city-owned land. Read also negotiated an option to lease an additional 2.5 acres of ground adjacent to the building.
Mayor F. Lee Hendrickson said he feels good about the lease and the fact the vacant building will be occupied and people working.
In other action at the short meeting, the council:
• reappointed Nathan Winward to a three-year term on the city’s recreation board.
• approved a business license for Jeff and Lee Hollingsworth, 74 E. 400 S., Edwards Floral. The council unanimously denied a business license for Don Collom, 102 W. Oneida, Oneida Trading Post. The council stated the property was not zoned for that type of retail operation.
• convened an executive session to discuss personnel.
• held a budget workshop.
This story is sponsored by Franklin County Healthcare Foundation.
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