The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Hoopeston

August 21, 2012

Lost paperwork will cost Hoopeston $28,400

HOOPESTON — Missing paperwork in the tax increment financing district 2 will cost the city $28,400 to produce a “No Further Remediation” letter from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The present developer is selling the property to another company and asked the city for a copy of the NFR letter. The paperwork is from eight years ago, of which the city should have a copy, and should show the results of borings done on the CVS property and the 3½ acres north of it, a Brownfield site. But the paperwork is missing.

Alderman Bill Goodwine, as acting mayor pro tem, said he contacted the EPA to ask what could be done.

"The EPA said since it has been eight years, we need more borings to show nothing has happened in eight years," Goodwine said.

Goodwine contacted Shaw engineers who did the borings eight years ago for an estimate. The new borings will cost $28,400.

Goodwine said he took it upon himself to contact the developer to see if they would split the cost. The developer had previous given the city $10,000 for the borings. They agreed to give $4,200 to add to the previous $10,000 as part of their cost. The city would pay $14,200 of the difference.

Goodwine did add that TIF 2 had no money.

"We would have to move money from TIF 1 to TIF 2." The money would be paid back once the money for TIF 2 taxes came in.

Since the closing date on the CVS sale is Oct. 31, council members passed unanimously a bid waiver and accepted a bid from Shaw Engineers to redo the borings at a cost of $28,400.

In other council business:

Bill Geis, executive director of Autumn Fields Adult Community, invited council members and the public to tour the facility on the corner of South Market and Illinois Route 9. He added they will be open as soon as the Illiois Department of Public Health gives its OK.

Learned the parks committee met and discussed a five-year plan for the Hoopeston pool to purchase a $6,600 handicap unit, new liner, roof work on bathhouse and concession stand repairs. Estimates are in the works.

What’s next

Hoopeston City Council members will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 4 at City Hall, 301 W. Main St.

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