Panel OKs incentive for new businesses

SYCAMORE – At a Sycamore Village Council meeting Tuesday evening, Tammy Siler, Myron Jackson’s sister, was present to see if a conclusion would be reached about the land-issue between him and the village. Chuck Clark, village administrator, said Jackson and Solicitor Jim Gucker were going to come to a monetary agreement soon, but council had not heard any developments about the situation in some time. Siler said her brother is at a standstill and asked they be contacted if a decision is reached.

Police Chief Richard Blankenship reported there were nine service calls last month.

Clark requested a Utility Committee meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the water plant to decide on a water installment loan. Clark is to present a 25-, 30- or 40-year payment plan and would like for the committee to make a decision by Aug. 12.

Council President Vicki Weininger read ordinance 656-14, which gives Clark the power to use a new economic development plan, created by him in conjunction with Courtney & Associates, which offers discount utility rates to new large power customers to encourage new businesses to move to Sycamore, specifically regarding TR Plastics. Upon passage, Clark would be able to offer the discount rates to new businesses without committee approval. The ordinance passed and went into effect immediately.

Clark had the 8th Street reconstruction title sheet ready for Mayor Matt Boucher to sign. Bids are to be opened at 10 a.m. Monday at the commissioners office. The village will have 30 days to accept a bid.

Finally, Clark said he put a “Slow Children” sign up in the alley near Griffin Street as was discussed last month.

At 7:40 p.m., the council went into executive session with Mike Homan and Bill Wise of Eden Township North to discuss the negotiation of a contract between them and the Sycamore Fire and EMS departments. The meeting resumed at 8:21 p.m., at which point Councilwoman Dawn Needles motioned for Fire Chief Bryan Clouse to continue the negotiation process with Eden Township, which passed.

In the fire report, Clouse said the Family Fun Fest sponsored by Mohawk Community Library went well. Councilwoman Darcy Zimmerman agreed, saying the pie auction was a hit.

Also, the fire department voted to have the chicken barbecue during the Halloween Parade. Tickets are to be available soon. Last year, the department printed 400 tickets and had to turn people away. This year, they plan to print 500. The date of the parade has not been set.

In other news, Clouse indicated a shoebox on his desk, stating it was dropped off at the fire department. Neighborhood children made bracelets to sell and decided to donate their funds, in the amount of $64.70, to the fire department. The girls that dropped the box off were Olivia Miller and Avery Hoover. Clouse said the funds would go toward upgrading accountability tags used for emergency-scene safety and thanked the children involved.

Council is to meet at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 11.