The Calpaco building in Dresden will soon welcome in a new tenant.
In a meeting Thursday afternoon, members of the Dresden Industrial Board voted to allow Gateway Restaurant Supply the right to lease 4,000 feet of space inside the Calpaco facility.
“The object is to create jobs. This will not create jobs, but will this have an adverse effect on other prospects coming into the Calpaco building? Bigger prospects like Champion Homes?” board member Jimmy Westbrook questioned.
Steve Pectol of Calpaco assured board members that current tenants are separated from each other inside the facility and other prospective tenants would likewise be separated if they chose to vacate space inside Calpaco.
In other business, board members addressed an ongoing issue of eliminating sewer-line buildup to the building.
DIB chairman Junior Moore remarked that since W.F. Hall occupied the building in the 1970s and three other tenants have taken over, materials have been placed in the sewer line that are now hindering water flow after years of buildup and blockage.
“The problem is the pump on the lift station,” Dresden Public Works Director Kerry Cooper admitted.
“Waste products have accumulated over the last 40 years and the running time on the pump is just 20 seconds before cutoff. It’s like a clogged artery.”
After much discussion, the board agreed that Pectol and Calpaco are responsible for fixing the problem of the lift station and Moore appointed a committee of board members Ricky Finney, Colin Johnson and Westbrook to investigate possible solutions.
Additionally, aside from fixing the problem itself, Dresden Mayor Danny Forrester and City Recorder Jennifer Branscum will research the availability of grant money to eliminate further issues that may arise in the future.