MONTICELLO — White County’s future is happening now and Gordon Road in Monticello should be finished by early summer.

White County Commission President John Heimlich told an audience this on Tuesday as he gave the State of the County speech at the Greater Monticello Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

He reviewed EggLife buying the shell building that was at Mid-America Commerce Park near Wolcott, and confectioner Spyglass LLC coming to build, the first two businesses there.

Spyglass is coming from the Chicago area, and EggLife’s parent company, Rose Acre Farms, is buying 12 acres south of its building to bring a business here from Illinois, Heimlich said.

It’s a total of 300,000 square feet of building space and an investment of more than $100 million, he said.

“With that comes challenges. There are infrastructure problems we need to work on,” he said.

White County is widening County Road 1100 West for a main artery, and its bought property near there for that and for a common water detention pond.

The county is also talking with Remington to bring water in because Wolcott only has the capabilities to service what is at the site now, he said.

However, Wolcott is upgrading its sewer system, and the county paid to increase the study for also handling Mid-America businesses.

“All of these things take a lot of money,” Heimlich said.

However, White County has the landfill reserve and wind farm reserve funds.

“We can borrow from ourselves to pay for these projects,” he said.

Because the improvements are in Tax Increment Financing districts, the repayment will come from the increase in property taxes from new development.

There’s another wind farm planned for northwest of Reynolds and a potential solar farm in that area.

“It looks like White County’s reputation for being green is going to continue,” Heimlich said.

Although there are jobs coming to western White County, there are no places to live for those planning to relocate to the Wolcott area.

Houses for sale tend to go quickly because of scarcity.

Heimlich said the county has talked with Wolcott about it, and it’s not just their problem but the whole county’s.

“What they’ve told us is that the farmers there don’t want to give up their farmland,” he said.

That needs to be addressed because it’s a matter of where will workers for Mid-America come from and live, he added.

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