The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

May 3, 2013

Council to act on retail deal

New members to be sworn in

BY JENNIFER BAILEY
Commercial-News

DANVILLE — A retail incentive agreement with an as-yet-to-be-named national clothing and clothing accessories retailer is up for city council vote on Tuesday.

Members of the city council’s Public Services Committee recommended approving the redevelopment agreement last month.

The store would be the fifth anchor store in the Village Mall, going into where Steve & Barry’s was located on the east side of the mall. The redevelopment agreement is with T Danville Mall, LLC, owner of the Village Mall.

The city would reimburse 50 percent of the retail sales tax revenue generated by the store each year for a five-year period. The rebate would not exceed $100,000 in any year.

The retailer has projected sales of $6 million.

The agreement also calls for at least a seven-year lease and there are safety provisions in place for the city.

The agreement calls for the store to be operational by March 2014, but Mayor Scott Eisenhauer said store officials want to see the store open sooner.

In other business Tuesday, council members will consider:

Danville’s electrical rate will be bid out with a group of other communities all represented by consultant Good Energy in mid-May.

The incentive package is an opportunity for employees to retire and the city to save money by not rehiring or by hiring an employee at a lower tier and salary.

A survey of city employees found at least 12 interested in an incentive package.

Eisenhauer said the city would see a two-years saving of $158,708 to $246,905, depending on various factors including savings in employee benefit costs.

The package includes the city paying: compensatory time and vacation accrual, a third of any accrued earned time bank/sick leave bank up to a maximum of 180 hours and 100 percent health insurance costs for one year or 50 percent health insurance costs for two years.

The employee must be 55 years old and the separation must occur prior to Dec. 1, 2013.

Coming up

Danville City Council members will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Robert E. Jones Municipal Building, 17 W. Main St.

The city has received the certified results of the April 9 election, therefore the newly elected/re-elected aldermen will be sworn in at a special meeting at 7 p.m., following the regular city council meeting with current aldermen to finish old business and to honor outgoing aldermen. There will be a plaque presentation to outgoing aldermen at the regular council meeting.

The special meeting following the regular council meeting will include the swearing-in ceremony, election of vice mayor, announcement of committee assignments and election of chairman and vice chairmen for the committees. A small reception will follow. In addition, at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the municipal building, a public hearing will be conducted on the Government

Aggregation Opt-Out Program and Plan of Operations and Governance for the city. The plan relates to the city going out for bid with other communities for lower-costing electrical service.