City approves second reading of Danimer bond issue

Winchester officials approved the second reading of a $135 million bond issue Tuesday evening.

The bond issue was for two phases of improvements and expansion at Danimer Scientific, which announced plans to open in Winchester in 2018.

Winchester Mayor Ed Burtner said previously that the industrial revenue bonds would finance improvements at the facility and job creation.

To date, the company has created 118 jobs, Burtner said.

The company, which is based in Georgia, makes biodegradable plastics, particularly for food packaging.

In other action, the commission:

• reappointed Vaughn E. Jones, Ronda Simmons, Flora Shelby, Teresa Hopewell, Cicely Dore and Sherry Hampton to two-year terms on the Municipal Cemetery Board.

• reappointed Larry Long to a three-year term on the Administrative Hearing Board.

• appointed Hannah Toole to a three-year term on the Winchester Board of Ethics.

• reappointed Jack Jones to a three-year term on the Winchester Historic Preservation Commission.

• reappointed Carlean Hefner to a four-year term on the Winchester-Clark County Industrial Development Authority.

• reappointed Latonia Bell to a four-year term on the Winchester-Clark County Parks and Recreation Board.

• reappointed Andy O’Bringer to a four-year term on the Winchester Tree Board.

• hired Alyssa Karsner, Kristopher Vallance, William Birch, Cody Fox, David Havker and Madalyn Wiefering as patient transfer specialist/EMTs.

• hired Howard Hamilton as a patient transfer specialist/paramedic.

• hired Peter Westhoff and Nicholas Steinforth as single-role paramedics.

• hired David Morrison, Janet Murphy and Katelyn Byrd as single-role EMTs.

• accepted the resignation of James Buckman, patient transfer specialist/EMT.

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