Kent County Levy Court commissioners unanimously approved an 11-acre rezoning project near Farmington during their meeting of Dec. 17. As proposed, the land would be rezoned from agricultural use to general industrial use.
The project would allow the adjoining Silo Land Company LLC, to expand a railroad siding that allows trains to bring chemicals into and out of the existing fertilizer mixing plant.
Speaking in favor of the rezoning, Silo Land representative Ken Fry said using the railroad keeps at least 800 tractor trailers off the highways annually, which also means they would not be using U.S. Route 13, which is immediately adjacent to the plant. Additional space for more siding would allow more railroad cars to use the siding space at one time; Fry said currently the maximum is six at one time.
There was no public opposition to the rezoning request.
In other news, County Administrator Michael Petit de Mange advised commissioners that the Delaware Electric Cooperative had presented a check in the amount of $44,259.02 to the county as a capital credit reimbursement, in this case for use at the county's waste water treatment facility.
That facility is the Coop's largest customer, Petit de Mange said.
The money will be deposited in the county's sewer fund.
This was the final Kent County Levy Court meeting for 2013.