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McLeansboro City Council Met Tuesday



At the approximately one hour and 15 minute meeting, council approved interim construction financing for a water tower, from Peoples National Bank at $2.4 million with an interest rate of 5.7% A construction permit has been filed.

Renewal of the intergovernmental agreement with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department for central dispatch was tabled as negotiations are still ongoing.

They approved a recommendation from the Hamilton County Economic Development Commission to use TIF money for improving the facades of the buildings on the square, which could be an incentive for businesses to move there.

A resolution for just over $73,000 in motor fuel tax expenditures was agreed to for oiling and chipping or resealing of streets, including curb and gutter work.

Council decided to modify the TIF agreement with Don and Ann Burke for their property at 405 West St Charles Street. Due to a clerical error by the county no TIF funds were available. The City will meet with the Burkes to work out the details.

Concerning requests for the use of Lake Mcleansboro, they approved Ten Mile Baptist Church holding a father-son fishing day for church members on Saturday, May 11th from 11 AM to 3 PM; approved the Hamilton County Crappie Tournament Association to hold a tourney in honor of Leon Phillips on Saturday, May 4th from 8 AM to 2 PM; and approved Relay for Life holding a bass tournament on the reservoir from 6 AM to noon on May 18th.

The city purchased pyrotechnic displays from American Patriot Pyro in Chestnut, Ill., totaling $6,691 for the Fourth of July Celebration. The rain date is July 5th.

A class “E-1” liquor license for Adam Little of Deep South Restaurant and Catering was approved to allow the selling of mixed drinks.

A demolition permit was approved for the Johnson property at 606 North Virginia Street.

Ground will be broken on the Isaak Walton cabin next Monday or Tuesday and the public is welcome to observe.

Mayor Dick Deitz signed a proclamation designating May as Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Month.

County clerk Mary Anne Hopfinger said the Ward 1 alderman race is still tied. The election is supposed to be certified on April 16th.

Mayor Deitz thanked the outgoing board members for their hard work and service to the city and said he will work with the incoming members to get them up to date on things once they are sworn in at the May city council meeting.