HOOPESTON — Downtown Hoopeston business owners and residents flooded the council meeting Tuesday, voicing concerns regarding the Downtown Motel, asking what is being done to alleviate the problem in that area.
Dustin Tarter, co-owner of City Chef, stated, "My business has declined significantly (since the homicide occurred at Downtown Motel in March). If it fails, the area is poisoned and no one will ever come there again."
He added city officials need to look at the ordinances and make a plan to redevelop the downtown area.
Joyce Allen, Allen Accounting and H & R Block, stated she had not been contacted about the motel since the last council meeting. She said she also contacted fire chief Cliff Crabtree to do a fire inspection on the motel, but he had not returned her call either.
Chamber of Commerce President Valarie Hinkle stated business representatives had come to her to do something about the problem downtown.
Mayor Bill Crusinberry said city attorney Andrew Mudd was looking at the ordinances. Mudd, zoning commissioner John Holt and police chief Mark Drollinger would work on a plan regarding the Downtown Motel.
In other council business, council members heard a presentation from Mike Streff, Foth Infrastructure & Environment. LLC, about new proposed requirements for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits. The new proposal would set nitrogen and phosphorus nutrient limits in the treatment plants. The new technology-based nutrient limits would become part of the secondary treatment regulation standards for publically owned treatment works for municipalities.
Streff also presented two proposed logos for the ground and elevated water tanks to the council. The council would make a choice to be submitted to the contractor for placement on the tanks. Crusinberry requested copies of the logos for the council. He said decision would be made before the next meeting.