Nick McWilliams Reporting – 

City of Dover officials are gearing up for the extensive manufacturing build that is projected to start in 2024.

The city moved forward with a tax-increment financing agreement, or TIF, which will see both Dover City Schools and Buckeye Career Center, along with the city itself, sharing in income tax paid by workers at the new Schaeffler plant, which will produce axles and other components for electric vehicles. 

Income tax and job opportunities will not be the only area the city will benefit, with Mayor Shane Gunnoe noting that Schaeffler will also be a major consumer of city-backed electricity.

“We expect, based on our conversation with the company, they will require up to five megawatts per hour of electricity in Phase One, and up to 10 megawatts per hour of power upon completion of Phase Two. To put this in perspective, Dover Light and Power averages 25 megawatts per hour at the substation on that end of Dover.”

He adds that the project will net positives for the power plant and the city.

The mayor also asked for the acceptance of bids for the construction of a power line from the north-end substation to Crown Road, not to exceed $1,412,000, directly tied to the construction of the manufacturing plant. 

He also asked for an ordinance for Ohio Department of Development and Ohio Department of Transportation grant funding for improvements of Crown Road related to storm and wastewater. 

In other news, the city is looking for applicants for an assistant information technology administrator. Interested applicants can find information on the city website or in the mayor’s office, and the deadline is April 8th. 

Seasonal employment positions are also open, with students interested in a job urged to contact the parks department.

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