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NEWBERRY – Two prospective businesses were discussed at Monday night’s commission meeting.

The first business would involve selling electric motorbikes in a small building on NW 250th Street. While the business would only create one job, it is a positive business to bring to the area, Newberry City Planner Lowell Garret said.

The four commissioners in attendance voted to approve the economic development incentive sponsorship for the business, waiving a $6,500 fee required to amend land development regulations.

The second business discussed was an RV park, which would be built just east of Cedar Estates. The commission voted by a 3-1vote to table discussion on the economic development incentive sponsorship for the RV park until the next commission meeting.

Commissioner Alena Lawson voted against tabling discussion on the basis that the commission had just passed an economic development incentive sponsorship for a business that will only provide one job, and to table discussion would be unfair to the RV park business owner.

“I don’t think we’re being fair to the applicant,” Lawson said.

By sponsoring the RV park, the commission would be waiving a total of $15,500 in application fees. City Manager Keith Ashby said the amount of time needed to process each of the three applications required to build the RV park was unavailable, but he would have it ready for the next meeting.

Each application would have to be approved separately, but the sponsorship would merely waive the fees required to undergo the process.

The economic development sponsorship program will be up for discussion in December. At that time the commission can decide to continue, discontinue or modify the program.

“To date, I think it’s been wonderful,” Commissioner Jordan Marlowe said at the meeting. He also noted that possible changes to the applicant vetting process may be included in the December discussion concerning the program.

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NEWBERRY – Two prospective businesses were discussed at Monday night’s commission meeting.

The first business would involve selling electric motorbikes in a small building on NW 250th Street. While the business would only create one job, it is a positive business to bring to the area, Newberry City Planner Lowell Garret said.

The four commissioners in attendance voted to approve the economic development incentive sponsorship for the business, waiving a $6,500 fee required to amend land development regulations.

The second business discussed was an RV park, which would be built just east of Cedar Estates. The commission voted by a 3-1vote to table discussion on the economic development incentive sponsorship for the RV park until the next commission meeting.

Commissioner Alena Lawson voted against tabling discussion on the basis that the commission had just passed an economic development incentive sponsorship for a business that will only provide one job, and to table discussion would be unfair to the RV park business owner.

“I don’t think we’re being fair to the applicant,” Lawson said.

By sponsoring the RV park, the commission would be waiving a total of $15,500 in application fees. City Manager Keith Ashby said the amount of time needed to process each of the three applications required to build the RV park was unavailable, but he would have it ready for the next meeting.

Each application would have to be approved separately, but the sponsorship would merely waive the fees required to undergo the process.

The economic development sponsorship program will be up for discussion in December. At that time the commission can decide to continue, discontinue or modify the program.

“To date, I think it’s been wonderful,” Commissioner Jordan Marlowe said at the meeting. He also noted that possible changes to the applicant vetting process may be included in the December discussion concerning the program.

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