Dublin could host the startup technology company FlyMuch, Inc.

Dublin could host the startup technology company FlyMuch, Inc.

Dublin City Council members last week heard the first reading of an economic development agreement that, if approved, would locate the company and 30 jobs in the city.

Economic development administrator Colleen Gilger said the company was started recently with funding from New York and California, and has received incentives valued at $136,003 from the state to locate within Ohio.

"The company monitors travel promotions, integrates search criteria and personal account information (loyalty, affinity and frequent flyer programs), and delivers travelers the information needed to help them make beneficial loyalty decisions via an online application," the staff report said.

The proposed economic development agreement would give FlyMuch a four-year, 18-percent performance incentive on income tax withholdings collected for leasing a facility in Dublin for at least five years and creating 30 jobs by the end of 2013.

According to the agreement, Dublin anticipates it will pay FlyMuch $26,405 over the term of the agreement and net $120,287 in withholdings.

Gilger said the company had located a facility in Dublin, but it fell through. Other locations are open, though, she said.

Dublin City Council members will hear the second reading of the agreement on Dec. 6.

Council members also approved an agreement with the United Steelworkers of America, which represents 79 Dublin employees.

Negotiations on the three-year agreement on salaries and benefits began in September, said David Harding, director of human resources.

Harding said the city negotiated a "modest" increase in wages for the employees that work in the streets and utilities, parks, facilities management and engineering departments.

The wage changes are expected to cost the city an additional $308,000 over the three years of the agreement; changes in the clothing and equipment allowance will also cost the city $20,200 more, the staff report said.

Council members also got an update on the National Church Residences development on Dublin's south side last week.

NCR representative Jim Baugh last week told council members, the company has received credit for the Avondale Senior Village Housing project on Avery Road.

The development will be on the planning and zoning commission's December agenda and should go before council in January, Baugh said.

Construction on the first phase of the 200-unit development could start as soon as April 2011 and is expected to take 16 months.

Baugh said the company will likely start advertising for Avondale Senior Village Housing in July 2012, taking leases in August 2012 and occupation by December 2012.

Council members applauded the progress.

"The goal was to have NCR (in Dublin) to have an option for another type of housing in our community," Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher said. "Many of our residents are really looking forward to finding out what you're about."

In other council news, a $58,760 contract with Janco LLC was approved for the construction of Martin Commons Park.

A playground, bike path, climbing rock and picnic grove will be constructed in the park.

Fred Hahn, director of parks and open space, said part of the park can be constructed during the winter and the final touches will be put in place in the spring.