Hgtn. council approves Incipio abatement

By
STEVE CLARK
The Huntington Common Council approved a property tax abatement for Incipio Devices on Tuesday, April 14, in a meeting conducted via teleconference.

Board members, along with Mayor Richard Strick, Clerk-Treasurer Christi McElhaney and others, attended the meeting remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite the unprecedented nature of the meeting, council handled its business as usual. Of the business before the board, one item was the aforementioned abatement for Incipio Devices. Council approved a four-year, 100 percent abatement for the company, which designs and manufactures orthopedic devices.

During the abatement period, the company will be investing approximately $5 million in equipment, stated Mark Wickersham, executive director of Huntington County Economic Development. As a result of that investment, Wickersham said the company anticipated adding 52 new jobs while retaining its 81 existing jobs.

Wickersham also noted that Incipio Devices had purchased the United Technologies Electronic Controls (UTEC) building. Located at 3650W-200N, UTEC is vacating the building as it relocates the remainder of its operation to Fort Wayne. Wickersham said the relocation process is expected to be completed by June.

The board approved the abatement unanimously. Council President Charlie Chapman hailed Incipio Devices, which is owned by Huntington native Troy Johnson, as an “exceptional operation.”

In other business, council passed Ordinance 3-C-20 on first and second read. The ordinance ratifies a resolution passed by the city’s Board of Public Works and Safety that empowers Strick, as mayor, to perform the following duties during the COVID-19 public health emergency:

• Reduce the spread of COVID-19.

• Implement adjustments to City of Huntington personnel policies, such as leave, scheduling and pay.

• Assure the continued performance of essential city functions.

• Pay City of Huntington employees for services performed on an on-call basis.

• Review and approve all city claims.

The ordinance also directs Strick to file periodic reports detailing his actions, which the clerk-treasurer will provide to the Board of Public Works and Safety and publish on the City of Huntington’s website, www.huntington. in.us/city.