Agricultural business expanding in Palmerston

An agricultural import and export business has purchased a lot in the Palmerston Industrial Park.

Minto council approved the sale of Lot C1 to Felix and Bernice Weber, who are planning to construct a 6,000-square-foot building to house Ag Business & Crop Inc., an import and export business, as well as offices and rental space.

“Mr. Weber works out of his home, located just outside of Palmerston in Perth County and is currently enrolled in the Business Flight Program at Launchlt Minto,” notes a report from Business and Economic Manger Belinda Wick Graham.

Ag Business and Crop Inc. also has offices in Ottawa, Quebec and Saskatchewan as well as the Palmerston area.

The report indicates the Webers would like to have the 1.2 acre lot re-surveyed to square it up.

Wick-Graham-pointed out moving the lot line would obviously change the size and dimensions the neighboring lot, but said the town’s chief building official is confident the adjacent lot will still be a viable lot, although the adjustment may impact the orientation of a building being constructed on the site.

Councillor Ron Elliott asked if the business would generate any employment.

Wick-Graham replied the owner currently works by himself, “but he may employ more people as he grows.”  She also noted potential businesses in the planned rental units may also generate employment eventually.

Council authorized the mayor and CAO to sign an agreement to sell the land for $15,000 per acre.