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(PANA) — The Pana City Council took care of its agenda items in a brief, 12-minute session before going into executive session. Members heard reports on grant applications, had first reading of the city tax levy and approved advertising for a sale of property. Alderman Tim Eddy was absent.
The Tax Levy ordinance totals almost $1.4 million in county tax money for the fiscal year which began on May 1.
Lee Beckman, an engineer with Milano and Grunloh, Effingham, updated the Council on several grants/loans which the city has made an application. The largest requests are with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) dealing with water infrastructure, a new pipeline from the city’s water treatment plant to the water tower. The EPA loan seeks almost $1.2 million for the project of which 30 percent principal forgiveness. This means the actual cost to the city would be almost $835,000. Based on the Hardship Interest Rate of one percent, the city would being paying back $2,685 per month over a 30-year period.
The DCEO Grant request for $1.5 million for the nearly 8,200-foot water line project. Several diameters of pipe are included in the estimate along with valves, fire hydrants, meters and service lines. A public hearing on the grant request will be held at 6:45 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 18. The application is due on Jan. 18, 2024.
City Engineer Greg Holthaus requested a Community Operations Committee meeting be set to discuss a road improvement project on Sixth St. Road. Funds are available in the Motor Fuel Tax Fund to pay for the improvements.
First presentation of the city’s tax levy ordinance was approved. The levy is slightly more than $100,000 more than last year’s request of just one $1.3 million. The levy does not require a “Truth in Taxation” hearing because it is below a five percent increase in the tax request.
The Council also gave initial approval to seek bids on city owned real estate at 401 E. First St.
Both of those measures will need to have a final approval at the next Council meeting.
They also approved a facade grant agreement with Station 502 (Firehouse 502), 123 E. Third. The grant is for up to $5,000 for building improvements.
The city attorney is to prepare a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) redevelopment plan for a project called Pana Collective at 142-144 S. Locust St. The deal is with developers WGO Investments of Wood River. The plans request $419,000 for the rehabilitation of the properties and the development of a green space with a band shell and public restrooms.
Several lake lot size increased were approved, making them double lots with double the yearly lease fee to $700.
The meeting went into executive session at 7:12 p.m. to discuss employment and purchase of public property. They came back to open session at 7:32 p.m. and no action was reported to have taken place during the close door portion of the meeting. Adjournment was at 7:33.
Next meeting of the Pana City Council is Monday, Dec. 11, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Pana City Hall, 120 E. Third St. The second monthly meeting has been moved up a week to Monday, Dec. 18, also at 7:00 p.m. due to Christmas Day, Dec. 25, being the next regularly scheduled meeting night.