Firm plans new office

A local, family-owned construction company is planning to build a new office building in Seymour.

Brad Pardieck of Seymour, agent for MarPar Properties LLC, presented the project to Seymour City Council members Monday night, requesting their support through a tax abatement.

The council unanimously approved the request on the $400,000 investment, allowing Pardieck to phase in paying property taxes during the next 10 years.

Pardieck said he is going to build the 3,100-square-foot office building at 106 N. Community Drive, across the street from the Fast Stop gas station. MarPar purchased the 0.65-acre property, which once belonged to Kiel Oil Co., from Milton Naples LLC for $5,000 in January of 2008.

Construction is expected to begin this month and be completed in June.

The project will allow MarPar to double the number of people it employs from two to four, Pardieck said.

In other unrelated business, council approved second reading of an ordinance to appropriate $75,000 from the general fund to be used for police dispatchers salaries and overtime.

The money comes from the Jackson County Enhanced 911 Fund and has to be appropriated in order to be spent.

The council also agreed to look into a request from Tina Sullivan to install a street light on south Manor Court. The estimated cost from Duke Energy is around $2,000.

Mayor Craig Luedeman gave an update on the buildings affected by the Jan. 4 fire downtown. He said he believed Seymour Main Street was working to purchase one of the buildings, 110 W. Second St., after owner Alan Killey has the property cleaned up.

“It’s my understanding Main Street will put a new roof on it and market it as is,” Luedeman said.

The other building, 108 W. Second St., also may be purchased by Main Street but will likely have to be torn down due to the extensive damage it suffered, he added.

Luedeman said he was working to have Second Street, from the railroad tracks to Chestnut Street, including parking in front of all the businesses, opened back up this week.