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June 4, 2014

Council gives preschool the OK

DANVILLE — A new preschool received a green light from city officials Tuesday night to proceed.

City council members approved a Tax Increment Financing redevelopment agreement with Toby and Trish Ceader for the building at 422 N. Vermilion St. A preschool/early childhood learning center for the arts and recreation center is planned for the old Win C Smith auto property.

Trish Ceaer said the building won’t be affiliated with any church, in response to a question from Ward 7 Alderman Bill Black. Black also asked about the condition of the building and leaks in the roof.

Ceader said the roof still was under warranty and will be repaired. She added that they close on the building on Friday, when another local day care, Two by Two Christian Early Education Center at Second Church of Christ, closes due to church growth.

Ceader said they hope to help families and employees switch to this preschool when it opens hopefully later this year.

Under the agreement, the city will pay or reimburse an amount not to exceed $105,000 for eligible redevelopment project costs with TIF dollars. The payment of the incentives would come in two forms consisting of an initial installment of $50,000 upfront and annual reimbursements totaling no more than $55,000 subject to the terms.

Construction is estimated at $400,000, with jobs estimated at 15 for construction and 15 for operational. A projected incremental increase in the equalized assessed valuation of the property is $110,000.

Also Tuesday, council members heard about two awards the public works department received for the Danville High School Phase 1 campus improvement project. One award went to engineer Eric Childers. The awards were from the American Public Works Association.

In other business, council members approved:

• Consolidating the city position of Information Technology Administrator with a current salary of $63,525 and an IT consultant position of $20,000 that handles certified network diagnostics and other items current IT administrator Teresa Kizer cannot. Winn is retiring June 30.

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