Lely actions postponed to Oct. 15

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Several actions, including a public hearing, regarding the Lely Manufacturing plan coming to Pella were delayed from the Oct. 1 city council meeting to Oct. 15.

Lely is looking to build its North American headquarters in Pella. It already employs 55 people here.

The City intends to enter into a development agreement with Lely. Among the incentives the global manufacturer is expected to receive are $724,900 from the Iowa Economic Development Authority and $936,000 in tax abatement (over a five-year period) from the City.

Lely intends to build near the Marion-Mahaska border. Recently, the Marion County Board of Supervisors gave its approval to annex land into the City for the project. A certified notice of population of the annexed land was approved and sent to the Iowa Secretary of State. Population of the area is six.

Prior to the Oct. 15 meeting, the council will meet in special session Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. This includes closed sessions regarding litigation and another regarding marketing strategies. A change order for technical services and a presentation by the Friends of the Community Center are scheduled as well.