The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

November 20, 2013

Hoopeston mayor rebuts claim of land offer

The Commercial-News

HOOPESTON — Mayor Bill Crusinberry rebutted a statement made by Rodney Rogers of J&R Tire, now located in Tilton, that he offered the FMC area to the city. Rogers said in a Champaign News-Gazette story that the offer was declined.

"I did not decline the property," Crusinberry said. He added he could not make that decision on the spur of the moment, plus there were still environmental concerns including soil borings, sewers, retention pond and concrete cleaning issues that would not be completed by the EPA until spring.

"That property is not ready to be donated to anyone. No lending institution will lend on that property (for development) without an NFR letter."

In other council business, city council members unanimously approved the animal intake and redemption fees for cats and dogs at Tuesday's meeting.

Under the ordinance, any person voluntarily surrendering an animal to the shelter would pay an intake fee of $35 within the city limits and $50 for anyone outside the limits. To be accepted, the animal's vaccinations must be current, healthy and pass a temperament evaluation.

The redemption of impounded dogs would require a $20 fee along with a $9 a day charge for every day the animal was housed in the shelter, plus any animal not vaccinated would have to be inoculated and fees paid before released. The redemption of cats required a $10 fee with $9 per day as well as inoculated if not previously done.

+ Alderman Larry Baughn reported on Allen Accounting's facade improvement application grant. She will be awarded $4,000. The grants are made available by the city and from the Tax Increment Financing District funds. Grants may match up to 50 percent of qualifying costs with approval by the Facade Committee before the work is started. Work is intitially paid by the owner and the paid receipts with lien waivers from contractors and suppliers submitted to receive the grant.

+ Learned a Finance committee will meet regarding the tax levy at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall.

The next city council meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 3, in City Hall, 301 W. Main St.