A closed Hopkinton ethanol plant is looking to start back up again.
Zach Less approached the Delaware County Board of Supervisors at their meeting Monday. He and Ron White, one of the plant’s original investors, would like to jumpstart the ethanol plant again. Permeate Refining LLC closed several years ago, but Less says re-opening the plant could bring about twenty jobs to Hopkinton within six months to a year.
Less would like to work with the County on delinquent property taxes, which currently add up to roughly 170-thousand dollars between Delaware County and the Cities of Hopkinton and Cedar Rapids. He requested forgiveness – which Supervisor Shirley Helmrichs says won’t happen – or a payment plan. The County will review the situation.
In other Delaware County Supervisors news, the Board approved final plans for the Quaker Mill Dam Phase Two Project. Bids for the project will be opened at the August 27th meeting.
And the Board approved a contract with Taylor Construction for the 195th Street Bridge Project at just under 215-thousand dollars. The project has a late start date of August 5th of 2019.