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Mayor Moreno called the meeting to order and directed City Clerk Arletta D. Holmes, to call the roll. The following Aldermen were present: Helen Heiland, John Thodos Luis Moreno, Carol Doose, Rick Meredith, Gary Kelley and Crotis Teague. 6:51p.m.
Riverfront Dial Co. Incentives (Verdick)
As The Quarter project developed the various aspects of the project was constructed at different times. In a project as large as the Riverfront it was almost impossible to bring all aspects together in the most optimal time. Dial Companies built their condos for completion during the summer of 2002. This was to coincide with the construction of various improvements the City was doing with the Federal Intermodal Grant (T-21). This grant will pay for the bike path, lighting, landscaping and the visitor’s center. Due to a delay in the engineering and approval of the improvements by the Illinois Department of Transportation the City did not get the improvements completed as promised. Other than free land the City has not given any incentives to Dial Quad Cities. This delay in the grant construction has cost the developer additional expense. What we have agreed on is the City would provide reimbursement of the foundation of the boat dock for the condos, based on property taxes paid on future condos. Staff feels this will encourage the developer to build more condos faster. Since there was a delay in the City’s work and the developer did complete his condos as agreed, the City does have a responsibility to help the developer with some cost he occurred due to the City’s delay. Unless condos are built, there will be no reimbursement. Recommendation: Approve the proposed cost reimbursement based on increment generated by new construction. Budget Impact: Would effect the Riverfront TIF negatively on the short term, but for the long term this would be a great “bargain” for the City of East Moline.
Mr. Brian Speer of Dial Quad Cities updated the City Council on the progress that has taken place in the Quarter. One condominium has sold for $500,000; Mr. Speer stated he appreciates the incentives since Dial has been the only developer working on the project for the last 14 months.
Mr. Tim Knanishu, of Revitalize and Develop East Moline, there is renewed interest in the Quarter; also Paula Sands of KWQC-TV 6 did a feature story on the Quarter Project.
A motion was made by Alderman Doose, seconded by Alderman Teague, to direct the City Attorney to draft an amendment to our development agreement with the developer Dial Quad Cities, reflecting the proposed cost reimbursement, based on new increment generated by new condos only. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Heiland, Thodos, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley and Teague. Motion carried.
Tax Levy – Demolition Fund (Verdick)
One of the levies that were eliminated was the General Fund Levy for money for the Demolition Fund. Attached is a sheet, which shows the effect of a no levy; $15,000; or a $30,000 for a resident who is a senior, in South Moline Township and Hampton Township, and are summarized as follows:
A motion was made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Meredith, to levy $30,000 for the Demolition Fund. Direct the Director of Finance and the City Attorney to draft the Tax Levy Ordinance as presented with, the minimal increase for the Demolition Fund. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Heiland, Thodos, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley and Teague. Motion carried.
Water & Sewer C.I.P. (Verdick)
A five million dollar bond was recently sold to finance water and sewer improvements. The primary project was mandated improvements at the Water Plant, which had a bid of $1,610,500. Department Heads have submitted other Water & Sewer capital improvement projects totaling more than 14 million dollars for the remaining $3,389,500 in bond funds. The preliminary list of projects and the final recommended list of projects are attached. These improvements are needed to maintain the infrastructure, improve efficiency, and help ensure that our customers continue to receive quality water and sewer services. Some of these projects (especially water and sewer mains) must be done in conjunction with the replacement of streets. This list may be need to be changed due to actual bid cost and or emergency repairs that may arise.
Recommendation: Approve the recommended list of projects and authorize the Department Heads to proceed with bids for the improvements. Budget Impact: Bond Funds will be used. A water rate increase must be implemented to make bond payments.
A motion was made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Meredith, to concur with the request as presented. Upon voice vote all in attendance voted in favor. Motion carried. .
Handicapped Parking (Chief Freeman)
Teresa Diaz of 1351 9th Avenue requested a handicapped parking space in front of her residence. Ms. Diaz also has a letter from the doctor stating the reasons. There is an available space in front of her residence. Recommendation: Recommend handicapped parking sign. Budget Impact: Cost of sign.
A motion was made by Alderman Doose, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to concur with the request as presented. Upon voice vote all in attendance voted in favor. Motion carried.
A motion was made by Alderman Moreno, seconded by Alderman Kelley, to adjourn the meeting. Upon roll call the following voted in favor: Heiland, Thodos, Moreno, Doose, Meredith, Kelley and Teague. Motion carried. 7:25 p.m.
Minutes taken and submitted by,
Arletta D. Holmes, City Clerk
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