Still no vote on Warner land annexation, TIF implementation

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council adjourned Monday’s meeting to 7 p.m. Thursday to finally act on the remaining resolutions to implement the city’s proposed tax increment financing district.

Among the remaining action to be taken on the TIF district, the council still needs to annex properties owned by developer Joe Warner, authorize an agreement with the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district over how TIF funds will be shared and OK an agreement with the state
 transportation  department.

According to City Attorney Bob Martensen, annexation agreements and various plats are still in Warner’s attorney’s hands.

Other business
Also the council:

— Heard from Mayor Bill Ingold that a new and improved city website will be up and running by the first of the year. Aldermen and office employees have been assigned new email addresses to use when conducting city business. They will follow the pattern of Ingold’s: bingold@cityofpaxton.com.

— Approved an operating and governing plan for electric aggregation in the city. Ingold said Integrys Energy Services, an alternative retail electricity supplier based in Chicago, will be locking in a rate this week that could be lower than expected and offer residents more savings on electricity cost than originally anticipated.

— Accepted the only bid received, by Steve Meuser for $2,500, to demolish a garage at  619 E. Franklin St. The city has been legally wrangling with the homeowner for eight months. The homeowner refused to have the unsafe structure taken down and then after foreclosing on the property, the bank has also refused to do the demolition. So the city will place a lien on the property and will be first in line, before even the mortgage holder, to get its money back when the property is sold.

— Agreed to adopt the National Incident Management Systems, NIMS, protocol. That action protects the city when its workers assist another town after a disaster and would allow it to be repaid for its employees’ time. By complying, the city is eligible for various federal grants and repayment when it conducts emergency preparedness drills.

— Agreed to purchase 13 hams from the IGA for Paxton Emergency Response Service volunteers.

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