Four Scott County supervisors gave the thumbs up at Tuesday’s committee-of-the-whole meeting to the city of Davenport’s plan that paves the way for Sterilite Corp. to construct a $75 million plastic container-making and distribution facility at the Eastern Iowa Industrial Center.
Supervisor Diane Holst opposed the agreement.
“I’m concerned that this is a flat-out TIF only for infrastructure,” Holst said. “I’m disappointed that the agreement didn’t try to recover the $600,000 that the county spent on the rail spur. Will we get some money back?”
Holst also questioned the estimated $39-per-square-foot minimum cost to build the 2.5 million-square-foot facility and the future assessed value of the property.
“At the end of 15 years, will we recoup the money that was invested?” she asked.
Holst asked that the Board of Supervisors’ letter of support be changed to declare majority, but not unanimous, support for the project that the Davenport City Council is set to consider at Wednesday night’s council meeting.
Davenport officials say that Sterilite's operations are slated to begin in early 2018 and that it would open with about 150 jobs. That would grow to 500 jobs after five years. Construction on the new facility will begin in the first part of 2017, they said.
In other business, Scott County Sheriff Tim Lane explained his restructuring plans for the sheriff’s office. Lane recommended creating two chief deputy positions for jail administration and operations.
Lane told supervisors the $7,000 salary increase will be offset by hiring entry level officers at the lower end of the pay scale.
“There’s significant cost savings when promotions happen,” the sheriff said.
If approved by supervisors at Thursday’s regular meeting, Lt. Bryce Schmidt will be promoted from sheriff’s office investigations to chief deputy of jail administration. Lane recommended Sgt. Shawn Roth, a 17-year veteran of the Davenport Police Department, to take over as chief deputy of operations.
Supervisors also witnessed the swearing-in ceremony for County Auditor Roxanna Moritz, elected in November to serve a third term.