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mayorimageSeptember 25, 2019

Sorry that I didn’t have an article for you the last time; I was out of town on family business…. But, now I’m back!

As mentioned in my last article, our southern boat docks, the ones by Eagle Landing Park, were hit by a barge and badly damaged. We are currently negotiating with the barge company, and their insurance carrier, toward a cash settlement for the damages.

As you’ve heard, the State has adopted a law as of January 1, 2020, allowing adults over the age of twenty-one to possess up to 30 grams of recreational cannabis and be allowed to consume it in their private residence. The question the City Council will need to decide is whether or not we will allow a dispensary in town that sells recreational marijuana. We are holding a Public Forum tonight so that the Council can hear the voice of the residents. The issue will then go through the City’s Judicial Committee and on to the Council. If it’s decided that we will allow a dispensary, it will also need to go through the Planning Commission. This process would likely go into November. If that be the case, we will hopefully establish a temporary moratorium until the process is complete. More to come….

The City has two financial incentive programs that we use to assist developers and potential business owners to do projects; Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) grants and HELP Loans. The good news is that we have had a lot of activity; the bad news is that the funds in both programs have been nearly depleted. Both funds have the ability to regenerate funds over time; but it will take some time. And so, if you have a project, I would suggest that you wait till next spring to apply. However, it would be prudent for you to make us aware of your project sooner so that we and you are prepared when money becomes available again.

If you are an IVC graduate, or a graduate from Chillicothe Township High School as I am, Homecoming 2019 is upon us! The downtown parade will be held on the afternoon of Friday, October 4, and the game will be that night. The Grey Ghosts are having a historic season; get out and support them. Go Ghosts!

Starting October 1st, you can have an open fire in your yard to burn yard waste. Burning of landscape waste will be allowed from 10:00 am until sunset – except on Sundays, holidays, and parade days – don’t forget about the Homecoming parade! The rules include the presence of someone attending the fire and extinguishing it at the end of the day, and you can’t burn wet leaves that cause excessive smoke. Obviously, you shouldn’t burn if it’s too windy.

For those following the FLM gravel pit issue, oral presentations by the two opposing attorneys will begin in early October – it’s about time…. They will occur at the appeals court in Ottawa, Illinois. I’ll keep you posted…. I have a good feeling about the outcome!

That’s all for this time. See you around town!

Don    




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