Adam Dontz from the GLCEDC Discusses Economic Development

By Kent Casson
Blade Correspondent

Adam Dontz from the Greater Livingston County Economic Development Council appeared before members of the Fairbury City Council Wednesday night.

Dontz discussed an enterprise zone, which is an economic development tool through the state. GLCEDC is trying for a zone here in Livingston County. If a company meets certain criteria, some taxes would be waived.

“What we have is a real collaborative effort in that Livingston County will be supporting this,” Dontz explained. “Some of the likely targets are on the undeveloped land side.”

The Village of Dwight and Grundy County are also supporting the measure. Dontz said the state will award approximately 50 enterprise zones.

According to Dontz, undeveloped parcels of land near Route 24 on the edge of town would be a strong candidate for the zone. PTC Alliance and Technical Metals are two existing businesses which could be put into the zone. Since the application deadline is Dec. 31, the council must make a formal decision at its next meeting. The city will likely need to approve an ordinance and intergovernmental agreement.

In other business, Street Superintendent Martin Steidinger reported the city received the new snow plow. He also requested a Street Committee meeting be held to discuss some issues. The meeting is scheduled for Dec. 9 starting at 6:30 p.m.

Alderman Terry Zimmerman asked if the city received an answer from the insurance company regarding liability for the use of Sunken Park. Previous suggestions included the creation of a skating rink there in the winter. Council members discussed the possibility of adding stairs and even a ramp at the park.
“The park is something we need to keep in the back of our mind,” said Mayor Lynn Dameron.

The council authorized the ordinance for the levy and assessment of taxes for the fiscal year ending Apr. 30, 2016. The ordinance must pass so money can be spent next year, according to the mayor.

Also at Wednesday’s meeting, the City Council:

  • Approved Fairbury Police Department policy #82.6 which covers the Sex Offender Registration Act. This has been presented to and approved by the city’s union attorney.
  • Applied for a Visa Business Bonus Rewards credit card in the name of the City of Fairbury from Busey Bank.
  • Paid the city’s bills.
  • Announced the winner of the fire department bicycle raffle, which was Karen Munz.