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October 20, 2017

9/28/2017 2:26:00 PM
City approves incentives for Pepsi facility
Bottler/distributor hopes to make decision soon on industrial-park site.
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America's iconic soda Pepsi may have a new distribution site in Robinson in the future.

Robinson City Council Tuesday night approved an incentives package authorizing Pepsi Mid-America to start a new project in the city's industrial district.

CCDA Executive Director Alex Pleasant said he was approached by the regional bottler/distribution company about a month ago about the possibility of a new project. Pleasant's associate Mike Pierce said Ridgeway Industrial Park, south of Robinson, seems to be the right size.

"They are seeking a larger facility, in the 15-20 acre range, and potentially about 25 full-time jobs to start," Pleasant said. "They're looking at a very quick turnaround to get started for building from scratch."

When asked by the council how long it would take to make a decision, Pleasant said he anticipated that the company would make the decision quickly, as they have decided on a choice between Robinson and one other community for the project. Pleasant added that the company would like to start turning dirt in April. The council approved the motion as well as the incentive package for the company to start.

This would mark a return to Robinson for Pepsi, which once had a distribution and bottling plant in what is now the Harry Crisp building on the Lincoln Trail College south campus.

In other business the council approved the purchase of fencing for the Washington Park tennis courts from Beard Pools, Spas and fencing at the cost of $12,808. The council also approved up to $10,500 needed to help continue funding the park project. Alderman Rick Lowe said they will continue to raise money as needed.

The council approved the purchase of a 2017 Ford Interceptor Utility squad car from Morrow Brothers in Greenfield. This will cost $39,470.

The Robinson Police Department will also have some company in the air in the future. At the request of Chief Chad Weaver the council approved seeking bids for a drone to be used during emergency situations. Chief Weaver said the drone's thermal imaging will be its primary use. "It has a video camera and thermal imaging, which will be used in searching for missing people," Weaver said. "It's more robust than the average purchase with a redundant system, back up batteries and it's a lot more safe to fly and reliable." The bids will be sought from today until 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3.

The drone will on display to the public during a demonstration at Marathon when it arrives and is ready for use. Marathon's donation of $16,000 for the drone was also approved.

October will be arriving this Sunday and soon after it will be Halloween and trick or treat night. Mayor Roger Pethtel's request to make trick-or-treat night from 5-9 p.m. on Halloween was approved. Houses giving out candy must have their po rch lights on during this time.

The council also approved Mayor Roger Pethtel's request to create a resolution for Crawford County's multi-hazard mitigation plan, which was put together by the county's mayors and emergency personnel for emergencies.

Zoning Administrator Mike Shimer announced that he received a permit from Ruler Foods earlier this week. The store is expected to open the week of Oct. 17. Dry goods will be moved into the store this week.

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