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MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE

MAYOR AND THE COMMITTEE-OF-THE-WHOLE

OF THE CITY OF EAST MOLINE, ILLINOIS

MARCH 6, 2006

 

 

ROLL CALL

Mayor Thodos called the meeting to order and directed Deputy City Clerk Kathryn Motzer to call the roll.  The following Aldermen were present: Helen Heiland, Luis Moreno, Carol Doose, Rick Meredith, Gary Kelley, and Gary Westbrook.  6:56p.m.

 

FIRECRACKER CORNER (Jim Hughes)

Item removed from agenda.

 

INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT / HAMPTON – (Leath Drake)

I have received a letter of request from the Village of Hampton for East Moline to provide bacteria laboratory services to them.  Hampton only is required to pull two bacteria samples per month.  With Hampton supplying us with a sample during our regular sample schedule it will not require much extra time or material to provide this service, reporting of the sample to the Village of Hampton and/or I-EPA will require more paper work but not a significant amount.  Total cost for East Moline to provide this service for another system is $25 per sample.   

The Village of Hampton does purchase all their water from East Moline.  They are a separate system and are required to meet EPA standards within their system.  We would only be providing laboratory services and will not be responsible for them meeting EPA standards.

RECOMMENDATION:

Request the City Attorney to work with The Village of Hampton's Attorney to draft an inter-governmental agreement and bring it back to the Council for consideration. 

BUDGET IMPACT:

Revenue of $50.00 per month (two samples at $25 per sample)

 

A motion was made by Alderman Doose, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to approve the request and have the City Attorney draft the necessary documents.  Upon roll call the following voted in favor:  Heiland, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley and Westbrook

 

NEW POLICE OFFICER HIRE (Victor Moreno)

Officer Tim Richardson has submitted a letter of resignation effective 2/28/06. This has created a vacancy in the police department leaving the department 1 officer short.  A reservation has been made for the May 8, 2006 PTI training class. 

RECOMMENDATION:

To hire the next available candidate off the eligibility list with a starting date of May 5, 2006.

BUDGET IMPACT:  

The salary and benefits are already in the FYE 2007 budget.

 

A motion was made by Alderman Heiland, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to hire the next available candidate off the eligibility list to fill the vacancy at the police department.  Upon roll call the following voted in favor:  Heiland, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley and Westbrook.

 

RENAMING JOHN DEERE ROAD (Bill Lauper)

The Mayor requested that staff investigate what the City would need to do to have I-5 named John Deere Road in East Moline. I talked with Ross Monk with the Illinois Department of Transportation in Dixon as to what the City would need to do to add the designation of John Deere Road to I-5. Ross said that the City would need to pass a resolution to add the additional naming of I-5 as John Deere Road. By naming I-5 as John Deere Road we will have continuity of name from I-80 to I-74. This should help to market this commercial corridor.

RECOMMENDATION:     Have City Attorney draft a resolution to add the name "John Deere Road" to I-5 in East Moline

BUDGET IMPACT:  Cost for signs

 

Discussion was held on the portion of John Deere road being renamed Veterans Expressway.  Upon much discussion a motion was made by Alderman Heiland, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to table this item until the next meeting so more information could be found out.  Upon roll call the following voted in favor:  Heiland, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley and Westbrook.

 

Q.C. ENTERPRISE ZONE ADDITION OF TERRITORY (Rich Keehner)

The County of Rock Island is requesting the addition of territory to the Illinois Quad City Enterprise Zone.  Rock Island County has a project planned to occur involving job growth and investment.  Quality Interstate Services L.L.C. plans to construct a travel plaza at the intersection of I-88 and Route 92 in unincorporated Rock Island County.  The project will be conducted in two phases. 

Phase I will include construction of the travel plaza and at least one national restaurant franchise.  A second restaurant franchise will be constructed if traffic counts prove sustainable.  The travel plaza and national restaurant franchises will use 8.5 acres of an approximate 32-acre tract.  The plaza will include a convenience store with trucker amenities, fuel islands (including pumping capacity for fueling 8 cars, 4 semis, and 1 RV), truck scale, and parking for cars and commercial trucks.  The convenience store will employ approximately 6 full-time and 4 part-time workers, with additional positions created as the plaza matures.  Job created in Phase 1 is 13 full-time, 32 part-time with a total investment equal to $2,260,000

            The first restaurant franchise will employ up to 5 full-time and 10 to 15 part-time employees, while the second will employ 2 full-time and 10 to 13 part-time employees.  Both national franchise groups were recommended through a feasibility study and are eager to locate at this site.  Projected costs for Phase I will total $1,985,000.

Phase II involves development of the remaining 23.999 acres of Tract 1 and 18.88 acres of Tract 2.  Planned construction includes a hotel, truck service center, commercial rental units, and industrial park.  Initial Phase II costs will total $275,000 for project design and site work.

The Joslin Travel Plaza project will add approximately 52.96585 acres or 0.08274 square miles to the Quad City Enterprise Zone.  5.3021 square miles will be remaining for future Enterprise Zone expansion.  Attached for your review is a map of the proposed site and an excel spreadsheet showing the previous enterprise zone projects, square miles consumed and remaining square miles.

RECOMMENDATION:    Approve the addition of territory to Illinois Quad City Enterprise Zone and instruct City Staff to draft a resolution amending the Enterprise Zone Intergovernmental Agreement, to draft a revised Enterprise Zone Intergovernmental Agreement, and to draft an Ordinance amending Ordinance 88-22 establishing the original Illinois Quad City Enterprise Zone.

BUDGET IMPACT:  None

 

A motion was made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Heiland, to agree with the request for the expansion and direct the City Attorney to draft the necessary documents.  Upon roll call the following voted in favor:  Heiland, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley and Westbrook.

 

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to adjourn the Committee-of-the-Whole meeting.  Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Heiland, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley and Westbrook.   Motion carried.  7:10 p.m.

 

Minutes taken and submitted by:

                                                            

Kathryn Motzer, Deputy Clerk

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