Twin Lakes poised to give Allied Plastic needed land

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The Twin Lakes Village Board appears ready to give about two acres of land it currently owns to Allied Plastics for an expansion.

Without the expansion, company officials say, they will need to relocate to another community to build a larger facility to accommodate work they have under contract.

Under terms of an agreement hammered out in recent weeks, Twin Lakes will give Allied about two acres of land to the north of its current plant. The village owns the land it is donating.

In a key provision created since the board last discussed the matter, Allied gets the land without paying the village unless it decides to leave anyway. In that case, it would owe the village $60,000.

There again was extensive discussion among board members about whether the village was doing the right thing in donating the land.

Trustee Kevin Fitzgerald repeated his opinion that just because the land to be donated is owned by the village and therefore off the tax rolls that it should not be considered without value.

“Land has value,” Fitzgerald said. “I don’t think it should be given away.”

But Trustee Aaron Karrow argued the land currently really only has value to Allied since it is adjacent to an abandoned landfill and represents too small of a parcel with poor access to be developed independently.

“It’s not prime … except to him,” Karow said, referring to Allied owner Tim Neal.

Allied would like the parcel of village owned land just to the north of its current plant on Holy Hill Road to build a 30,000 square foot building to handle new work from Case-New Holland, said Neal.

As the discussion continued village President Howard Skinner expressed frustration.

“I don’t want this board to be as stupid as the board in 1968 that kicked Nestle to Burlington,” Skinner said

After more discussion a consensus to donate the land under the conditions set out in recent weeks, including the $60,000 payment if Allied leaves town, developed. Trustee Thomas Connolly proposed increasing the payment to $100,000, but didn’t receive any support.

The board will vote on the deal at its next board meeting in two weeks.


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