During the Monday, Jan. 11, Clarkson City Commission meeting, Mayor Bonnie Henderson announced the expansion for the Kelley Company is ahead of schedule and is expected to be complete in July.
The new plant is expected to be fully operational by September, with a ribbon cutting tentatively planned for the last Friday in September, during the 2016 HoneyFest celebrations.
The original groundbreaking ceremony for the plant was held on Fri, Sept. 25, 2015.
The Kelley Beekeeping Co. was established in Clarkson in the 1950’s by Walter T. Kelley and has since become a staple of not only the local community, but the world-wide beekeeping community.
With assistance from local government agencies pulling together funds and incentives, a plan to build a newer, larger headquarters in Grayson County was made possible.
Through these efforts between local and regional leaders, the dream of expanding the operation is now becoming a reality.
In other business:
• After a lengthy executive session, the Commission changed the way the Clarkson Police Chief will be paid. Chief Buck Meredith will now be a salaried employee rather than an hourly one.
• The Commission discussed a litigation issue, but no action was taken.
• The Commission agreed to investigate all suppliers who do not currently have a contract with the city and make sure the city is getting what it is paying for.
• There will be a blood drive on Sat, Jan. 23 at the City Hall/Community Center in honor of Chief Buck Meredith. Meredith will undergo liver transplant to assist his uncle.
Reach Theresa Armstrong at 270-259-9622, ext. 2011.