by Janet Dabbs
The Sunrise Beach Board of Trustees confirmed at their Monday, June 10 board meeting in Sunrise Beach, that the Woods Supermarket Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) is progressing as planned.
A TIF hearing is conducted every five years for the purpose of giving an updated progress report on the TIF.
The village entered into a TIF for the Woods Supermarket development project. A TIF is a public financing method that is used as a subsidy for redevelopment, infrastructure, and other community-improvement projects.
According to the Woods Supermarket TIF report, the developer project costs to date are $15.7 million. The reimbursable project costs to date are $6.25 million, from the TIF and the Community Improvement District (CID).
A CID is an association of property owners in a defined area that voluntarily tax themselves in order to fund improvements within the district’s boundaries.
It was also reported that there have been outstanding reimbursements of $5.2 million.
The current property valuation, (just property) to date is $2.25 million, compared to the original value of $57,000. The project has generated 150 new jobs. The village receives one percent of the sales tax from the development.
P&Z appointments
In other business, the board approved treasurer Debbie Stoller’s nomination of Stephen Barthol to the Sunrise Beach Planning and Zoning Commission. It was also reported the P&Z commission elected former board member/P&Z commissioner Charlie Bott as chairman of the commission, at the Monday, June 3 P&Z meeting.
Phase 2 sewer project
The board approved contracting with grant writer Sue Bacorn to assist the village in obtaining a Community Development Block Grant, to partially fund the Phase 2 Sewer project. It was also reported the village is waiting to hear back from the Department of Natural Resources about their comments regarding the Phase 2 engineering report, submitted for the construction permit.
Narcotics ordinance
The board authorized attorney Zane Williams to rewrite the possession of narcotics ordinance, since new state laws have rendered the possession of marijuana legal, for medical purposes.
Police activity
The Sunrise Beach Police Department responded to 156 calls for service in May. The calls included two abandoned vehicles, three outside agency accident assists, six alarm calls four animal complaints, five arrests, one assault/fight, 12 assist outside agencies, four burglaries, five calls referred to outside agencies, five check well-being requests, 15 court/official duty, one disturbing the peace, three domestic disturbances, one drug seizure, two escort people or vehicles, 15 follow-up investigations, one keep-the-peace request, one lock-out assist call, three missing persons, 10 motorist/medical assists, one open door found, two pedestrian checks, one property damage report, five property disputes, four remove debris, two security patrol requests, five stolen or recovered property/scams/fraud, one suicide/threat, one threat/stalking, five traffic assists, two trespassing/poaching, six warrants served, four watch/report/locate suspicious person/vehicle, three water tower department calls and 18 business checks.
In the traffic division, officers issued 73 warnings and 43 tickets. The tickets included one animal/assault abuse, one careless and imprudent driving, three driving while suspended/revoked, nine failure to register/display, one following too close, three improper license plates and 10 for no proof of insurance, one possession of narcotics/paraphernalia, nine for speeding and six stop-sign violations.
The board also approved the purchase of a mowing arm for the public works tractor, at a cost of up to $2,200.
The next meeting of the Sunrise Beach Board of Trustees is scheduled 6 p.m. Monday, July 8 at the Sunrise Beach City Hall.