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City Set to Approve Tax Rebate for Napleton Dealership, 2014 Budget and More Monday

Also up for discussion is whether to temporarily discontinue the rear yard drain reimbursement program. The public is invited to speak.

The Elmhurst City Council is scheduled to vote on a contract extension for Findzall Community Marketing, a sales tax rebate for Ed Napleton Elmhurst, and the 2014 budget, among other business, on Monday, Dec. 16.

The meeting will follow a closed session to discuss acquisition of real estate.

The public meeting will begin with comments from members of the public, who are invited to speak for up to three minutes on any topic.

In addition to approval of minutes and accounts payable, the following items are up for approval on the consent agenda:

  • an intergovernmental agreement with Elmhurst Unit District 205 regarding school resource officers will be referred to the Public Affairs and Safety Committee. The proposed agreement sets guidlines for reciprocal reporting of crime, arrest of students on school property and interview procedures, among other things.
  • Southwest Elmhurst Wet Weather Control Facility engineering and other work at a cost not to exceed $826,000
  • annual financial report
  • six-month contract renewal with Findzall Community Marketing
  • purchase of a sewage grinder from JWC for the Saylor and Jackson lift station at a cost not to exceed $67,767
  • a sales tax rebate not to exceed $750,000 over a 10-year period  for Ed Napleton Imports to assist the dealership with the cost of upgrading the property
  • stop signs at May and Prairie
  • variations that will allow construction of a fellowship hall and other improvements at Bethel United Church of Christ, 315 E. St. Charles Road
  • sewerage rate of $2.894 per thousand gallons for a treatment area of 350 homes in an unincorporated area in northeast Elmhurst
  • engineering agreement with RJN Group for the Park Avenue lift station replacement project
  • purchase of a 2014 Toyota Camry SE for the police department for $20,000
  • engineering agreement with Baxter and Woodman for the water reclamation facility dissolved air flotation replacement project at a cost not to exceed $131,500
  • bid award for the public works garage mezzanine project to Rockwell Space Solutions at a cost not to exceed $38,000

Aldermen will then hear reports for and against the suspension of new applications for the rear yard drain program until the Public Works and Buildings Committee's review of stormwater management is complete. The program allows residents to request partial funding to connect downspouts and sump pumps to the city storm sewer and/or install a backyard drain.

Following reports from Mayor Steve Morley and City Manager Jim Grabowski, aldermen will vote to approve the city's budget for fiscal year 2014.

The City Council meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 209 N. York St.

Elm Forest December 16, 2013 at 10:56 AM
So, I'm reading what's on the agenda with Dollar amounts attached to orders of business except: six-month contract renewal with Findzall Community Marketing. What is the city spending on marketing with Findzall? Are they the ones that came up with that really clever, (something like) "Don't go to the mall" campaign? I would like to know who came up with this really stupid theme. Propagate a negative in hopes of guilting the residents to shop local. That's money down the rat hole. People go to the mall because they do, because they like the mall or strip mall. You are not going to force the public to give you more of the market share.
Karen Chadra (Editor) December 16, 2013 at 11:54 AM
The Findzall contract is the same as it was before: $85 an hour, average of eight hours a week, not to exceed 500 hours a year. Sorry for not including that.

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