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Marion Council approves six ordinances on TIF redevelopment agreements
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Marion Council approves six ordinances on TIF redevelopment agreements

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MARION — At its regular meeting Monday, the Marion City Council voted to approve six ordinances related to Tax Increment Financing agreements and one to grant a long-term lease to Greater Egypt Planning and Development Commission.

The council voted unanimously in favor of Ordinance 3515, which grants a long-term lease of 99 years to Great Egypt Planning and Development Commission on 2.15 acres near The Pavilion of the City of Marion. Greater Egypt plans to build a building large enough to house their offices and those of Man-Tra-Con.

Mayor Anthony Rinella said the city has benefited from having Greater Egypt and Man-Tra-Con in town. Greater Egypt is a governmental agency that administers SIMPCO. Man-Tra-Con is a not-for-profit organization that provides job training and job search assistance to more than 1,000 people annually.

Both organizations are currently located in one of the buildings in the mall.

Ordinance 3514 authorizes a TIF district redevelopment agreement between the city of Marion and MK Hotel Inc. for property at Illinois 13 and Halfway Road, with 70 percent to the developer, 30 percent to the city.

Ordinance 3516 authorizes a TIF district redevelopment agreement between the city and Haven by the Hill LLC.

Ordinance 3517 authorizes a TIF district redevelopment agreement between the city and Little Tractor and Equipment-Ferrell LLC. Rinella said it covers a new project to locate Matrix Maintenance by the new Little Tractor site. It is also a 70-30 split between Little Tractor and the city.

Ordinance 3518 amends a TIF redevelopment agreement between Perfectly Posh Boutique and the city.

Ordinance 3519 corrects a scrivener’s error in the original agreement in the city of Marion and Little Tractor TIF redevelopment agreement.

Ordinance 3520 authorizes execution of a TIF redevelopment agreement between the city and Camping World Property Inc. in the Marion Heights II TIF District. Rinella said this is on the property commonly called Gander Outdoors, and not for the RV site. It will cover building renovation. The agreement grants a 1 percent sales tax rebate on products sold in the store and is related to an agreement with the original owners that allowed the building to be sold.

In other business, the council:

• Voted to approve a bid of $27,200 from Godinez Flooring Inc. to lay carpet in Marion Cultural and Civic Center. If civic center staff remove the old carpeting, the cost will be decreased by $6,625, bringing the final installation cost to $20,525. The project is being paid through the Gracie Smith donation.

• Voted to purchase scrapers for the clarifier at the sewer treatment plant for a cost of $11,340 plus freight.

• Approved lighting the streets around Illinois Centre Mall roadway. The lights will cost $34,146.95 plus labor and installation, with a $30,130 incentive from Ameren, making the total cost $13,800.

• Accepted resignations from two full-time police dispatchers, D.J. Stewart and Nick Bowns. They also moved part-time dispatchers Dylan Richardson and Hunter Abate-Barrett to the vacancies left by the resignations and approved hiring two part-time dispatchers.

• Accepted the resignation of Megan Wollard, youth programming and development coordinator at The Hub; hired Gregory Kerrigan as full-time maintenance workers; and approved hiring three part-time employees.

• Granted pay increases to library, IT and Boyton Street After School and Summer Food Program employees.

• Increased the pay of assistant treasure LaDonna Smoot to cover previous overtime she drew each year as an hourly employee. She was made a salaried employee at an earlier meeting.

• Voted to accept the return of 4.5 acres of property in the Robert L. Butler Industrial Park from Precision Land Holdings. The property was purchased May 9, 2018, and the ability to return the property was part of the purchase contract.

• Marion City Council will have a special meeting to discuss the budget at 6:30 p.m. April 15.

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