MOUNT PLEASANT — For possibly the first time since the Foxconn Technology Group chose the village of Mount Pleasant as its project location, the village ended a board meeting with more money than it spent.
For months, the village has been spending millions of dollars to buy property to make room for Foxconn.
On Monday, the village sold 33.151 acres of property along Highway H to the American Transmission Co. for $2.42 million so that it can begin construction on the power station that will supply the Foxconn campus with electricity.
The village did buy five parcels of land totaling $1.6 million, including spending $1,800 for vacant land on International Drive, the lowest amount the village has paid for property since the process began.
Other meeting notes
Claude Lois, project director for the village, said the village will soon be accepting bids for demolition work along Braun Road. The bids will be separated into two projects, one for the north side and one for the south side.
“Once people have vacated the property, then we’ll tear them down; some of them are already empty, and we can start on some of them,” Lois said. “They’ll probably start (demolishing property) in late June.”
The village also plans to have monthly Foxconn project updates for residents, which will land on the third Monday of each month, starting May 21 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., until the end of the year.
“We were always going to do them,” Lois said. “We want to have updated monthly project reports, so we’re going to hold them publicly here.”
Plans are to have present representatives from the state departments of Transportation and Natural Resources, general contractor M+W/Gilbane and other groups involved in the project.
“All of them will give about a 5-minute update on where we are at,” Lois said. “And we’ll take some questions from the audience.”
The village also approved paying GJ Miesbauer and Associates, which works on the land acquisitions, $75,218 for work done last month and approved paying the Von Briessen and Roper law firm, of which Alan Marcuvitz is a shareholder, $111,381 for work during the same time.