As Marseilles officials dealt with flooding conditions, Mayor Jim Hollenbeck and Commissioners Gary Lewey and Bobby Kaminsky — the council members present — approved a series of five ordinances to create a tax increment financing district to improve the city’s downtown area — in part by alleviating flooding conditions.
Correcting the downtown area’s flooding problems with be the No. 1 priority of the TIF district, Hollenbeck said.
“We’re already looking at some solutions,” he said.
Building renovations and beautification also are goals for the downtown project.
Fillebrowne Street Project
The council approved the sale of $245,000 in general obligations bonds to be repaid by property taxes. Most of the funds will be used to improve Fillebrowne Street with curbs and gutters and cement pavement, Hollenbeck said.
“Fillebrowne Street has been in desperate need of repair for quite some time,” he said.
The total project will address some 1,200 feet of the roadway and provide additional flood control features, City Engineer Mike Etscheid told The Times.
The $500,000 project also will rely on state motor fuel tax revenue and other funds, he said.
The work is planned for this year.
Chamber of Commerce membership
Action on a resolution concerning city membership renewal in the Illinois River Area Chamber of Commerce was tabled.
The draft resolution says the council “finds that it is not in the best interest of the city to retain membership in the Chamber.”