Sometimes landing a new business requires a lot of work and other times they come to you.
Jon Cross, president and CEO of the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance, said the latter is the case as of today.
He reported to City Council on Monday night that a man found an available building on U.S. 68 South while searching the Alliance’s website on Friday.
While Cross said he’s not in a position to announce the man’s name or his business plans, he said the man flew to Kenton and surveyed the town on Saturday and Sunday. He visited the Alliance on Monday to wrap up the deal.
Cross said he expects the business to employ 10 people.
There also was discussion of the city needing to do a better job of making water available to businesses on 68 South.
Prosecutor Brad Bailey said he recently learned that Graphic Packaging had to get a huge tank and fill it with water for its own water suppression system.
That’s because the city’s water does not support a high-flow head.
Water Plant Supervisor Dale Albert said the water dead-ends on U.S. 68.
Cross recalled that site consultants who visited the county four years ago said 68 South was “fatally flawed” because of its lack of access to high pressure water.
Chris Richards of Golden Giant said Kenton is in “an excellent spot logistically” for future business growth and he praised the good job being done by Kenton City Schools.
But he said, “In economic development, winners are the folks with access to services.”
Also at the meeting, council:
– Had first reading of legislation to vacate an alley that runs in front of Skinny’s Tavern on Steiner Avenue.
– Received a request to vacate an alley near 330 Grove Street. It was referred to the safety committee.
– Learned firefighters are checking and flushing hydrants on the city’s southwest side.
Residents many want to run the water before using it in case there is some rust in it, said Chief Tim Clark.
– Heard Cody Barker from the street department report city workers used the new road patching machine, the Duropatcher, to patch holes on both North and South Wayne Street. They are now moving on to other streets.
By TIM THOMAS