GREENCASTLE -- With Putnam County Relay for Life just a week and a half away, the event is through the procedural step of receiving city approval.
DePauw student Tyler Archer was at Tuesday's meeting of the Greencastle Common Council representing Relay. The committee was requesting both a street closure and a noise ordinance waiver for the event.
Madison Street, which runs between Blackstock Stadium and the City Cemetery, will be closed between Hill and Hanna streets from 8 a.m. April 24 until afternoon on April 25.
Additionally, because Relay runs from noon on Saturday to noon on Sunday, they obtained the noise waiver for the overnight hours.
Both measures passed unanimously.
Gary Barcus of Main Street Greencastle also requested street closures for Fair on the Square, which is set for May 14 through 16. Indiana Street will be closed between Columbia and Walnut and Franklin from Jackson to the Old National Bank drive-through from 4:30 p.m. May 13 to 8 p.m. May 16.
There is the possibility of additional closures on Vine and Columbia for a car show on Sunday.
Veteran's Memorial Highway will be closed from Cemetery Road to Jackson Street on May 1 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. while the city observes its annual Veteran's Highway Memorial Service. The ceremony is set to begin at 10 a.m.
Council approved a resolution declaring an economic revitalization area at Chiyoda Corp., 2200 East SR 240. While the move does not grant Chiyoda a tax abatement, it makes the company eligible for abatement.
Putnam County Economic Development director Bill Dory said Chiyoda is looking at investing more than $600,000 in an additional injection molding machine for the facility.
While the new machine doesn't guarantee the hiring of new employees, Dory advised it could open the company up to new business, which could mean good things for employment.
Additionally, Dory wished to remind council and the public a tax abatement should not be considered a loss of tax money, as the new equipment is not currently on site to be taxed.
"We're not giving up tax dollars because they are making an investment. The taxes are phased in," Dory said.