HOOPESTON — City council members approved $178,000 for the Subway subsidy at Tuesday' s meeting.
The 5-3 vote would allow Subway to move into the former drive-through bank on Illinois Routes 1 and 9 and remodel the building. Alderpersons Bill Goodwine, Bill McElhaney and Lourdine Florek voted "no" to the subsidy.
"I'd probably support that (subsidy) if all the cards were on the table face up," said Goodwine. "I don't think all the cards are on the table."
Goodwine thought there was too much secrecy involved in the project.
Alderman Brandon Hamilton commented no one expressed an interest in the town until this project. Someone was willing to take the corner "and make it shine a little bit. It's very hard to turn down that opportunity, especially when there is a return on an investment like that."
Crusinberry agreed saying this was the second development in the tax increment financing area that he thought would benefit Hoopeston, the first being Autumn Fields.
The subsidy approval would push the Route 1 and 9 truck stop project forward, according to Vickie Haugan of Vermilion Advantage.
In other business, council members voted unanimously to waive bids and purchase a 2019 Vactor jet-vac demo truck for $362,580 from Coe Equipment of Rochester, IL. Delivery will be in five months.
Perpetual care bids would be opened in 10 a.m. April 15. specifications for the bid are available at City Hall, according to Alderman Chad Yaden.
Alley Clean up will begin April 15 for yard waste only. No concrete, construction materials or other materials will be picked up. Alderman Ryan Anderson said the street/alley crews also will remove infested ash trees from the parkways around the city to stop the spread of emerald ash borers.
In public comment, Joshua Clifton questioned why the burned building at 401 N. Market St. couldn't be torn down. Although Crusenberry said the city could not legally do that, Clifton said city ordinances say the building had to be down in "90 days" after it was completely burned.
"It's only in violation of six different code violations," Clifton said, adding, "The whole entire neighborhood is about to come down on the city council pretty hard."
Paul Kelnhofer questioned why semis were still going down Lincoln Street to Teasdale Foods on property that was not a roadway. "A year ago," Kelnhofer said, "you said you 'd do something about it before you closed the road."
Crusinberry stated that IDOT would not allow signs on the highway directing truck traffic to Teasdale Foods but that Teasdale has put directions on all bills of lading and an engineer is working to change directions in the GPS systems.
The Hoopeston City council will meet next at 7 p.m. April 16 in City Hall, 301 W. Main St.