Pleasant Hill, Missouri            Wednesday,  September 17, 2014                ©2014 Pleasant Hill Times

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Susan McLaughlin and Paul D'Orleans of San Francisco, Calif., (above) take a breakfast break at Glory B's Cafe in downtown Pleasant Hill last Thursday morning on their coast-to-coast ride on an antique British-built 1933 Brough Superior motorcycle. They are among 100 riders in the 2014 Cannonball Motorcycle Endurance Run that started in Daytona Beach, Fla., on September 5 and will cover more than 4,100 miles to Tacoma, Wash., on September 21. Held every other year, this is the third running of the coast-to-coast endurance ride for classic motorcycles and riders. The Cannonball Run is open to riders on 1936 or older motorcycles. The motorcycles making the Cannonball Run are old and most are very rare. A lot of these early bikes would not be on the road today were it not for new parts. In a lot of cases, only the motor survived, but as long as the engine in a machine is original, it is eligible to join the Cannonball Run as long as any reproduction chassis or parts are as they were originally. When asked if he had to rebuild his classic British motorcycle, D'Orleans laughed and answered simply, "Every day!"

Pleasant Hill Council
City okays industrial incentives

...The Pleasant Hill City Council last week approved additional incentives to attract new industry and more jobs to town.
...The question arose earlier in the month when a manufacturer from a neighboring community contacted the Cass County Corporation for Economic Development about the possibility of relocating in Pleasant Hill.
...The 100-employee manufacturer is planning a $10 million expansion and Pleasant Hill is one of three locations under consideration including the company's present site.
...The industry asked Cass County to assist in setting up a meeting with Pleasant Hill authorities to discuss incentives available to the company if it chooses to relocate.
...During subsequent discussions with a company representative and a site selection firm it has hired, the manufacturer was made aware of Pleasant Hill's established incentive policy for economic development.
...Under that policy, the city will waive building permit and water connection fees to a company depending on the number of new jobs created and the investment it plans to make in the community.
...A company building or expanding within the Northeast Cass County Enhanced Enterprise Zone would also be eligible for a 50 to 80 percent tax abatement for ten years on real property based on the number of new jobs and its investment.
...The city also communicated to the company that Pleasant Hill would be willing to issue Chapter 100 industrial revenue bonds to help finance expansion. Under that program, cities issue Chapter 100 bonds, but the company guarantees all bond payments. Plants built with industrial revenue bonds are technically owned by the local government issuing them and the city leases the property back to the company.
...As a result, there are no taxes levied on the property and the company would instead negotiate a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT). The Dogwood power plant west of Pleasant Hill was built using a similar approach several years ago with Cass County issuing the bonds and negotiating PILOT payments. The company came back and asked City Hall if it would be willing to base a PILOT payment on a 75 percent abatement of taxes on real and personal property that was constructed on cityissued Chapter 100 bonds.
...The City Council considered that request at its September 8 meeting and agreed that it would be willing to negotiate an agreement with the company that would include the additional incentives.
...In other business at last week's City Council meeting, the city awarded a $74,815 bid to Vanguard Utilities of Owensboro, Ky., for installation of new radio-read water meters in Pleasant Hill. Public Works director Bob Kee reported that Vanguard;s bid was the lowest of five that were received by the city.
...He said the cost of replacing water meters in town with the new radio-read meters should be nearly $400,00 below the $450,000 budgeted for the project.
...City finance director Shelby Teufel reported that Pleasant Hill will not be able to refinance a 2010 water sewer revenue bond that had been discussed at an earlier meeting. She said that bond issue will not be eligible for refinancing until December of 2015.
...Later, the City Council approved a special events application for the Noteables music support group at the Pleasant Hill High School for a Trick or Treat and Haunted Trail fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 25. The Noteables plan to use the city's MoPac Trail from Oak Street to the parking lot on Boardman Street and have a trick or treat trail for younger children from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and a Haunted Trail for older children from 7 to 11 p.m. A hayride will bring children back to Depot Park in downtown Pleasant Hill for hot dogs, hot chocolate and a DJ playing music. A motion to approve the application passed by a unanimous 4-0 vote of the City Council.
...Parks & Recreation director Justin Wieberg reported that the new municipal swimming pool completed a successful first year of operation following the Labor Day holiday. Wieberg said he would have final figures on the pool's first year for the councilmen at their next meeting. Finally, the councilmen tentatively approved closing a couple of streets in downtown Pleasant Hill for the Lay Clergy Council's Hope Harvest Fest to be held on Saturday, Oct. 4.
...Prior to the regular City Council meeting, the Zoning Board of Adjustments made up of the mayor and councilmen met to consider a variance on an oversized real estate sign at the former Michael's Basement location on 7 Highway, but was told that no variance was needed and all that is required is a city permit.

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