City agrees to fund Zook Laundromat

Robert Blackford/Editor

The City of Aledo has come up with an agreement with former Alderman Don Zook, on a Redevelopment proposal that will allow Zook to put a new Laundromat at the former site of the Save-A-Lot building.

Zook will receive a $50,000 loan for equipment as well as a $294,000 Tiff Grant and a $107,000 interest subsidy. Zook also agrees to forgive a $90,000 credit the city has with him over a previous development.

Alderman Bob Rillie asked City Attorney Mark Walton to clean up some of the language in the contract that the aldermen looked at during their Oct. 6 meeting, which Walton agreed to do.

Aldermen Doyce Hiscocks, Randy Mattson and Rich Maynard voted to approve the TIF package while Aldermen Rillie and Chris Hagloch abstained.

After an executive session the council agreed unanimously to reject Steve Moller's resignation and reached an agreement with him that will increase his annual salary from $52,725 to $63,000. That salary will run through March of 2010. There will be no increase in salary for Moller in 2009.

"He was due a raise in March," said City Administrator Patrick Burelle following the meeting.

The city council also agreed to approve half of the cost of replacing the concrete on the parking lot of Vitale's Pizza and 100 percent of the cost of replacing the concrete on an adjacent side owned by the city. The cost of the project is estimated at $15,449. TIF money will be used on this project. City workers will supervise the work at the site to make sure it is up to the city's specifications since some of the work is being done on city property.

The council set aside Oct. 29, 30, Nov. 5 and 6 to work on the budget. City administrator Patrick Burelle stated that public input into the process is welcome before the dates the council meets.

He suggested that members of the general public contact their aldermen.

The coffee shop Perks is open. The business received TIF money from the city earlier his year and the building has been completely renovated inside and out. The coffee shop is located on the 300 block of South College Avenue.

Rich Maynard noted that businessman Bob Harrison is asking for an additional 10-minute parking spot to be added in front of a nearby building near his business. Harrison has a lot of walk-in trade at his business, Maggie Doodle Dogs, throughout the day. Maynard said there is a high demand for parking with The Livermore close by. Harrison was not present at the meeting to discuss his request.

The city is considering accepting ownership of SE 13th Avenue from the Villas at Heritage Woods Condos and is waiting on a formal offer.

The council adopted a resolution of support for Aledo Main Street to pursue the Great American Main Street Award.

Chamber of Commerce President John Hoscheidt asked the council for assistance in putting up the garland as well as the Christmas lights this year when the city starts to decorate the city. Holly Days is Dec. 5, 6 and 7. Hoscheidt said one of the biggest problems has been keeping the lights lit.

After much discussion the council agreed to pay Missman-Stanley and Associates $2,500 proposal to complete an engineering project at Southeast Third Avenue.

The council awarded its full-time tree program to Breeden Tree Service.

The council is still waiting on engineering for stamped plans from Builder's World for the Central Park pavilion.