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MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE

MAYOR AND THE COMMITTEE-OF-THE-WHOLE

OF THE CITY OF EAST MOLINE, ILLINOIS

APRIL 3, 2006

 

 

ROLL CALL

Mayor Thodos called the meeting to order and directed City Clerk Arletta D. Holmes, to call the roll.  The following Aldermen were present: Helen Heiland, Luis Puentes, Luis Moreno, Carol Doose, Rick Meredith, Gary Kelley, and Gary Westbrook.  7:38p.m. 

 

ADDITIONS / CORRECTIONS TO AGENDA

Mayor Thodos requested that item number one (1) be removed from the Committee-of-the-Whole Agenda. 

Alderman Moreno requested the Redesignation of the I-5 Corridor as John Deere Expressway in East Moline, be placed on the Committee-of-Whole Agenda.

 

MILLENNIUM PARK- SEWER MAIN  (Dean Piatt)

Item Removed.

 

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY  (Richard VanRaes)

Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities is proposing to build a new home at 712 22nd Street.  In the past the City has waived the building permit fees for projects that benefit low-income homeowners.  This project is scheduled to begin in mid to late May.  The project is sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank and the Scott County (Iowa) Housing Council.

 

RECOMMENDATION:  Waive all fees (Building, Plumbing, Electrical, HVAC, Water/Sewer Connections, ect.) for this project. 

 

BUDGET IMPACT:  Losses of approximately $1,200 in permit fees.  Long- term gain in utility usage and property tax. 

 

Mr. VanRaes reported that The Scott County Housing Authority received an animous donation that specified some of the money had to be spent on the Illinois side of the river.  This will benefit the project.

 

A motion was made by Alderman Westbrook, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to concur with the recommendation as presented.  Upon roll call the following voted in favor:  Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, Doose, and Meredith.  Motion carried.

 

GREAT RIVER HOLDING, INC. AGREEMENT FOR SALE OF COMMERICAL REAL ESTATE -  (Rich Keehner)

Tempo Boat and Marine intends to construct certain improvements upon Lot 2C.   This includes on approximately 15,000 square foot building, parking lot, and a one-acre concrete fenced area, installation of decorative lighting and landscaping around the perimeter of the building.  The address of the new building will be 1235 14th Avenue.  Ingress and egress to the business will be from 14th Avenue.  The agreement has been placed under separate cover for your review.

 

RECOMMENDATION:  It is the recommendation of City Staff to approve the Agreement For Sale of Commercial Real Estate and forward the Agreement to the full City Council for consideration.

  

BUDGET IMPACT:  None.

 

Assistant City Administrator Rich Keehner introduced Mr. Steve Rogenski owner of Tempo Marine to the City Council. 

 

Mr. Rogenski informed the Council that by relocating his business in the Great River Industrial Park (GRIP) this would allow his company to be under one roof, instead of three (3) different locations as the business is now.  The company would be able to expand and grow their business and become more modernized and efficient.

 

Mr. Keehner stated Tempo Marine would not only be selling new and used boats, but would also be selling accessories, provide storage, and other services to their customers. There will be job creation, sales tax, and property tax opportunities.

 

Alderman Westbrook noted he thinks on the surface this seems like a pretty good project, but he feels it is rushed.  There is a considerable amount of paperwork here and the agreement has only been received this morning.  Due to his concerns Alderman Westbrook is requesting that this item be tabled for two (2) weeks to allow more time to review this agreement.                 

 

Attorney Phares:  Gave a brief description of the process.  This item was brought before the Economic Development Commission (EDC) and was referred back to City Staff for further negotiations.  An agreement has been drafted, and it has been provided to Mr. Rogenski's Attorney.  This draft Agreement will be subjected to further discussion and negotiation.   When Mr. Keehner and the City Attorney reach a tentative agreement with Mr. Rogenski's Attorney, the Agreement will be mailed to all of the Alderman well in advance of the City Council meeting.  It is hoped that this agreement is worked out within the next week.   Mr. Keehner and the City Attorney will be happy to meet with any of the Alderman who have any questions or concerns.  This agreement is somewhat complicated, because it is in a TIF zone.

 

Alderman Doose:  Stated that she had contacted Mr. Keehner today and reviewed the agreement.  Staff is always available to the Alderman to clarify any problems we may have.   Moving forward with the finalization of the item will not take place for two (2) weeks.  We would have an opportunity to have further review and discussion.

 

Alderman Heiland:  Asked for a clarification on what the Council is voting on tonight.  

 

Attorney Phares:  What you are voting on tonight is to forward the Agreement for Sale of Real Estate Agreement, Sales Tax Rebate Agreement, and the Redevelopment Agreement to the City Council for consideration.  These agreements are in draft form and the final draft will be forwarded to you as soon as we have them worked out with Mr. Rogenski'sAttorney.   At thenext City Council meeting these Agreements will have more discussion.  If the City Council feels they need more time in reviewing these agreements, it would be appropriated to table the matter at this time.

 

A motion was made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to concur with the recommendation as presented.  Upon roll call the following voted in favor:  Kelley, Puentes, Moreno, Doose and Meredith.  Opposed:  Westbrook, and Heiland.  Motion carried.  5-2

 

GREAT RIVER HOLDINGS, INC. SALES TAX REBATE AGREEMENT (Rich Keehner)

Great River Holdings, Inc. (Tempo Boat and Marine) a local watercraft dealership which sells, services, and provides storage for new and used watercraft, desires to purchase Lot 2C of the Replat of Lot 2 of Outlot A of the Great River Industrial Park (GRIP) and relocate their operations from Moline to East Moline.  Tempo intends to construct certain improvements upon Lot 2C which includes an approximately 15,000 square foot building, parking lot, construct a one acre concrete fenced area, install decorative lighting and landscaping around the perimeter of the building.  This project should increase job opportunities in our area, significantly increase the City's sale tax base, and stimulate additional economic growth.  As Lot 2C is perceived to be a Brownfield area and a quality site within the GRIP certain improvements were required and these construction improvements would not be feasible without City assistance.

 

RECOMMENDATION:  It is the recommendation of City Staff to approve the Sales Tax Rebate Agreement and forward the Agreement to the full City Council for consideration.

 

BUDGET IMPACT:  None.

 

Mr. Keehner:  Gave an overview of the Sales Tax Rebate Agreement document. The sales tax will be a result of sales from Tempo Marine Sports, specifically from the sales and not taken out of the sales tax from any other business.  It specific to the site and specific to Tempo Marine Sports.  Page 4 of the Sales Tax Rebate Agreement, Tempo "Share" shall be all of the Sales Tax Revenues generated from the building for the applicable Annual Period, not exceed the following amounts:  Year 1:  $30,000, Year 2:  $30,000, Year 3:  $30,000, Year 4:  $15,000.  The Sales Tax Rebate payments shall not exceed $105,000.

    

A motion was made by Alderman Doose, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to concur with the recommendation as presented.  Upon roll call the following voted in favor:  Meredith, Kelley, Heiland, Puentes, and Doose.  Opposed:  Westbrook, and Heiland.  Motion carried.  5-2.

 

GREAT RIVER HOLDINGS, INC. DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT  (Rich Keehner)

Great River Holdings, Inc. (Tempo Boat and Marine) a local watercraft dealership which sells, services, and provides storage for new and used watercraft, desires to purchase Lot 2C of the Replat of Lot 2 of Outlot A of the Great River Industrial Park (GRIP) and relocate their operations from Moline to East Moline.  Tempo intends to construct certain improvements upon Lot 2C which includes an approximately 15,000 square foot building, parking lot, construct a one acre concrete fenced area, install decorative lighting and landscaping around the perimeter of the building.  This project should increase job opportunities in our area, significantly increase the City's sale tax base, and stimulate additional economic growth.  As Lot 2C is perceived to be a Brownfield area and a quality site within the GRIP certain improvements were required and these construction improvements would not be feasible without City assistance within the negotiated Development Agreement.

 

RECOMMENDATION:  It is the recommendation of City Staff to approve the Development Agreement and to forward the Agreement to the full City Council for consideration.

 

BUDGET IMPACT:  None

 

Mr. Keehner:  Gave an over view of the Development Agreement. The construction of a commercial building and related improvements by the Developer upon the property having a fair market value of not less than $350,000.    Upon the developer presenting to the City a written request for payment, as a TIF eligible expense, 100% of the cost of the acquisition of the land, which constitutes the reimbursement to the Developer of the purchase price of $62,500 previously paid by the Developer. 

 

The City and Developer shall cooperate with each other to obtain a final letter for the property No Further Remediation  (NFR) Letter upon completion of construction by the Developer.  The City will waive water and sewer hook-up fees and permit fees. 

 

After a lengthy discussion was held, a motion was made by Alderman Puentes, seconded by Alderman Moreno, to concur with the recommendation as presented.  Upon roll call the following voted in favor:  Kelley, Puentes, Moreno, Doose, and Meredith.  Opposed:  Westbrook, and Heiland.  Motion carried.  5-2

 

MEL FOSTER LISTING AGREEMENT (Rich Keehner)

A Listing Agreement between the City of East Moline and Mel Foster Company recently expired.  As a result, Mel Foster Company would like to renew this Listing Agreement for the exclusive right to sell public surplus real estate located within the East Moline Industrial Park (EMIP).  This agreement would extend from April 2006 through December 31, 2006.  The Economic Development Commission (EDC) has reviewed this Listing Agreement and is recommending it to the East Moline City Council for their consideration and approval.  Attached for your review is a copy of the Listing Agreement.

 

RECOMMENDATION:  City Staff recommends approval of this Listing Agreement.

 

BUDGET IMPACT:  No budget impact unless public surplus real estate is sold.  Budget impact resulting from brokerage commission would be offset by funds received from the sale of the public real estate.

 

A lengthy discussion was held regarding the brokerage fee, marketing incentives, contract renegotiations,  

 

A motion was made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to concur with the recommendation as presented.  Upon roll call the following voted in favor:  Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, and Meredith.  Opposed:  Doose.  Motion carried.  6-1

 

RENAMING I-5 CORRIDOR AS JOHN DEERE EXPRESSWAY IN EAST MOLINE 

(Alderman Moreno).    

A motion was made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Westbrook, to concur with Staff recommendation to re-name the I-5 Corridor from I-88 to John Deere Expressway, and direct Staff to complete the appropriate documents.  Upon roll call the following voted in favor:  Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, Puentes, Moreno, Doose, and Meredith.  Motion carried.

 

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Westbrook, to adjourn the Committee-of-the-Whole meeting.  Upon roll call the following voted in favor:  Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, Puentes, and Doose.   Motion carried.  8:35 p.m.

 

Minutes taken and submitted by:

 

 

                                                           

Arletta D. Holmes, City Clerk

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