The Crawfordsville Common Council passed a resolution Monday approving tax deductions for American Innovation LLC, which has plans to build a new facility in the Crawfordsville Commerce Park. 

Construction on a 30,000-square-foot research and development facility, to be named the American Flow Control Center for Innovative Excellence, is expected to begin this summer. The project is estimated to be around

$12 million and the facility will have eight employees.

American Innovation is part of American Flow Control, which is the valve and hydrant division of the Birmingham, Alabama-based American Cast Iron Pipe Company.

In May, the council adopted a resolution designating four lots totaling 16.79 acres in the commerce park an economic revitalization area. The resolution approved Monday gives American Innovation real property deductions for six years and personal property deductions for 10 years.

In other business, the council heard the first reading of an ordinance for an additional appropriation for the Crawfordsville Street Department to run a water line to the Yard Waste Site on the city’s north side. Street Commissioner Scott Hesler said the $30,000 will be used to run water to a building on the grounds and will also include a fire hydrant for the Crawfordsville Fire Department to use during training exercises.

A separate appropriation on first reading reimburses the street department for approximately $100,000 of work done for the storm water utility.

The council also: 

• Heard first reading of an ordinance changing the city’s fire merit system to drop the required age limit from 21 to 18 for new hires with the Crawfordsville Fire Department. The ordinance also includes changes to appointment requirements for members of the Fire Merit Commission.

• Passed an ordinance that repeals certain obsolete sections of the code of ordinances regarding bicycles and skateboards. 

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