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Hoopeston

February 5, 2014

Hoopeston council talks about economic development

HOOPESTON — City council members council learned Tuesday that Susan Chavarria, regional planning manager for the Champaign Regional Planning Commission, met with the Economic Development organization recently.

According to Alderman Bill Goodwine, this was a session to gather ideas of which community sections would be represented in creating an economic strategy for Hoopeston. A public meeting will be scheduled at a later date, said Goodwine.

Last month, city officials signed contract for technical services that would give the city three objectives by or before June 30. The strategy objectives would cover an existing conditions report, goals, objectives and action items, and an implementation plan with priorities, resources and checklist for achievement of those strategies.

"She wanted ideas," Goodwine said. "We want to proceed and make sure all sections are represented."

In other business, city council members learned there were a couple water breaks at the old Essex wire building on Illinois Route 1, which were fixed in about 20 minutes. The old line, said Alderman Bill McElhaney, will have be fixed sooner than later. He added a new pump was added to the tractor to help clean up water faster.

McElhaney added the water tank project was progressing well.

Mayor Bill Crusinberry commended the Hoopeston Chamber of Commerce for returning to the banquet format for the Community Awards this year and for the Legion and Jaycees support of the awards.

Learned that Birkey's was planning to replace its old sign through Thomas Sign & Awning Co. of Florida but, according to the city ordinance, the sign cannot be more than 15 feet tall. The company said it would sell the sign to Birkey's, but not put it up to comply with the ordinance. Crusinberry said a variance was needed to allow them to build the sign. Birkey's request would be referred to the plan commission. Crusinberry added the council can look at updating the ordinance.

The next Hoopeston City Council meeting will begin 7 p.m. Feb. 18 at City Hall, 301 W. Main St.

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