Enterprise zone participation
Planning and zoning
chair David Hepler reported that Mayor Keith Snyder would join
enterprise zone manager Will D'Andrea in addressing nonparticipating
enterprise zone entities, particularly the schools, to discuss how
important their participation is for Logan County.
The state-sponsored program was recently re-approved by
legislators to continue beyond the 2017 expiration. It is a means
for Illinois communities to attract, grow or retain businesses. The
Lincoln and Logan County Enterprise Zone has been very successful in
drawing a number of businesses to the area and raising the tax base
that supports community government, services and schools.
There has been no growth since Lincoln Community High School
withdrew from the enterprise zone.
Hepler also reported that at the next meeting of the Logan County
Regional Planning Commission, the group expects to hire an
engineering firm for a bicycle-walking trail design.
Electricity costs to go down
Board member Jan Schumacher told board members that a supplier
had been selected for the utility aggregation. Integrys' electric
rate would be 35 percent lower than the current Ameren rate,
providing average residents $216 in annual savings. The contract
includes using 25 percent renewable energy and begins in August.
Logan County Courthouse and its future
Schumacher also said she had provided a tour of the Logan County
Courthouse for a representative from Landmarks Preservation. The aim
was to look at courthouse needs for future grant funding,
particularly assessing the exterior and courthouse grounds. She
learned that the current available grant does not cover landscaping,
but may be expanded to include that in the future.
Kevin Bateman asked if the grant funds could be used to repair
entrance steps or fix the limestone that is flaking off the building
or to paint the dome -- all expensive things that the building is in
need of having done.
Art and balloon festival
Andi Hake, director of the Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of
Commerce, updated the board on the balloon festival planning. The
festival takes place on county-owned grounds at the Logan County
Airport the last full weekend in August. Access to aviation fuel is
blocked during, before and after the event, and there is some loss
of crop income from the grounds. With no exchange of actual funds,
the board supports the chamber by $5,000 a year and the chamber pays
to use the airport grounds by the same amount.
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A new opportunity recently presented itself that would extend the
festival at the airport into Sunday afternoon. Due to the limited
time frame and many requirements, it is not known yet if the
addition can be accomplished for this year.
Community Action director resigns
Community Action has announced the resignation of its director,
Thursday was her last day. Her position will be filled
temporarily. The agency is searching for a permanent replacement.
Prescription savings cards available
Community Action and many local pharmacies now have a new
prescription drug card available to everyone. The program helps
uninsured, underinsured or those with high-deductible insurance by
reducing prescription costs.
Bill Martin, building and grounds chair, reported that repairs to
the lights in Scully Park should be done shortly.
Development partnership director resigns
The Lincoln & Logan County Development Partnership enjoyed a very
successful fundraiser luncheon last week with U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock
as the featured speaker.
The partnership's executive director, Michael Maniscalco, has
resigned to take a job in Connecticut as a city manager. Martin,
board liaison to the development partnership, said that a search
committee is being formed to find a new director.