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7/16/2014 8:16:00 PM
'Pharmaceutical' to grow in Hennepin?

Shannon Crawley-Serpette
Staff Writer

HENNEPIN — Just days after the Putnam County Board gave permission for a zoning change which is expected to bring a sand transloading business to the county, the Hennepin Village Board heard Wednesday that another business is considering Hennepin.

Hennepin village board president Kevin Coleman said he has been in discussion with someone who wants to purchase property with the intention of setting up a “pharmaceutical facility.” Coleman said he will begin initiating a zoning change for an area of land which includes the former Modern Hard Chrome business on Power Plant Road.

The property, which is now zoned residential, will have to be changed to conservation for the business to locate there, he said. Coleman said there is no objection from the three neighbors in that proximity.

To start, if the business locates there, approximately 20 “living-wage” jobs are expected, he said.

“They’re very reputable people,” he said.

When asked after the meeting, Coleman said the interested party does not live in Putnam County.

The board will vote on the rezoning at a later date.

In other news:

-        Coleman thanked the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department for their work on July 4. Despite the crowd, there were no accidents as people left town, he said.

-        The board is looking into passing an ordinance prohibiting the use of drones in Hennepin, unless they are used for emergency or commercial purposes. Coleman said he anticipates drone usage could become a problem in the future if there isn’t an ordinance in place. He said he’d like to be proactive instead of reactive regarding this issue.

-        Coleman said there’s been reports of kids driving golf carts in Hennepin. Those who drive golf carts must be licensed drivers. “That’s going to ruin it for everybody. We will restrict usage if that continues,” he said. All golf carts must be registered with the village. Headlights must be on at all times when the golf cart is driven.

Shannon Crawley-Serpette may be reached at (309)364-2268 or

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