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SEPTEMBER 19, 2005
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.   7:45p.m.    


The City of Silvis is requesting a change of the Illinois Quad City Enterprise Zone boundaries by the addition of territory.  This purposed territory is bounded by Illini Hospital, the Hy-Vee Store, 10th Street and Avenue of the Cities within the City of Silvis.  This 69-acre site has been farm ground for the last 100 plus years and was originally used for coal mining.  In fact, the property still shows signs of its mining history in certain areas.  It is highly likely that remediation will need to be addressed on some portions of the property.  The property was recently annexed into the City of Silvis and has been rezoned 2/3 commercial and 1/3 single-family residential.  Residential will consist of single-family homes ranging from $149,000 to $189,000 and will be developed in three phases commencing in late 2005 and finishing in 2009.  The commercial phase will create approximately 100-400 new permanent jobs to the City.  The commercial portion of the development is anticipated to total $15,000,000-$25,000,000 in value.  Attached is a brief summary sheet containing other enterprise projects and remaining zone miles.   Jim Grafton, City Administrator from the City of Silvis was in attendance to discuss the Enterprise Zone project and answered questions.   The proposed area to be added to the Illinois Quad City Enterprise Zone is approximately .10938 square miles.  This leaves 5.7846 square miles remaining in the Enterprise Zone to be used in the future.  
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 Heiland, seconded by Alderman Puentes, to concur with the recommended as presented.  Upon roll call the following voted in favor:  Moreno, Doose, Meredith. Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, and Puentes.  Motion carried.   Alderman Moreno requested that the Mayor's get together to develop a policy for the use of the Enterprise Zone.  Mayor Thodos states that could be done.  


The City of East Moline has received four proposals to redevelop the former Maintenance Garage site.  The Economic Development (EDC) received these proposals, and on September 14, 2005 met to review, discuss and recommend the proposal, which they believe, is in the best interest of the City of East Moline.  After careful consideration, the EDC ranked the four (4) proposals in the following order of importance:  
1.  Larry and Deb Toppert,                  
2.  Jeff Guthrie,               
3.  Thomas Leon                                 
4.  Donald Haas

The EDC feels the project proposed by Deb and Larry Toppert is in the best interest of the City of East Moline.  
The individual's entities, which presented their proposals to the EDC, have been contacted and are in the audience if the Council would like to ask questions.   Deb & Larry Toppert- 660 18th Avenue, East Moline:  Gave an overview and summarized the details of their proposal to the City Council.   Jeff Guthrie- 918 15th Avenue, East Moline: Gave an overview and summarized the details of his proposal to the City Council.  Mr. Guthrie asked, that if his project was not selected, that he be reimbursed for his expenses to date.   Mr. Nick Jannes - 2162 10th Street Place, East Moline: Representing Mr. Thomas Leon declined comment on the project.  

Recommendation:  The City has the autonomy to follow the EDC's  recommendation or select another project proposal, which they feel best represents the interest and benefits the City of East Moline, either morally and or financially.  

Budget Impact:  Using the EDC's recommendation the budget impact would equal sale of building $100,000.  Cost to City of environmental remediation of site, if needed is unknown.   (All proposals are on file in the City Clerk's Office for public inspection).   After a lengthy discussion a motion was made by Alderman Puentes seconded by Alderman Heiland, to concur with the recommendation of the Economic Development Commission to accept the bid of $100,000 from Toppert Jetting Services for the sale of the former Maintenance Garage.  Upon roll call the following voted in favor:  Meredith, Westbrook, Heiland, and Puentes.  Opposed:  Aldermen Moreno, and Kelley.  Abstained: Alderman Doose.  Motion carried.  4-2.  Abstaining 1.   

RADDEN PARK  (Alderman Moreno / Mr. Willemarck)

The Park Board is requesting permission to begin improvements to Radden Park.  Improvements include the following:                        
Restroom with attached storage                   $25,000            
Water & Sewer connections                              15,000
Parking Lot                                                            10,000
Sidewalk                                                                  5,000
Landscaping                                                           2,000
Engineering                                                            8,000
Total                                                                _________
Recommendation:  Approve improvements to Radden Park.

Budget Impact: 
$30,000 from Park Capital Improvements, $20,000 from Rotary and $15,000 from Public Comfort tax.              A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Meredith to concur with the recommendation as presented.  Upon roll call the following voted in favor:  Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Heiland, and Puentes.  Opposed:  Alderman Westbrook.  Motion carried. 6-1  

A motion was made by Alderman Kelley, seconded by Alderman Meredith, to adjourn the meeting.  Upon roll call the following voted in favor:  Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley, Westbrook, Heiland, and Puentes  Motion carried.  8:55p.m.  

Minutes taken and submitted by,   
Arletta D. Holmes, City Clerk

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