AMBOY - The Amboy City Council met on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in the community building with all members present and 10 people in attendance for a very short meeting.
The only pertinent committee report was given by Alderman Shaw regarding new digital water meters that will eventually be installed. Due to the higher costs of the meters, at present they will only be installed on new houses or when a new meter is installed on a property. The cost of the meters has just about doubled in price.
Under unfinished business, John Thompson of Lee County Industrial Development spoke regarding the ordinance amending the boundaries of the Lee County Enterprise Zone, which involves property in the Rochelle business park near I-88 and I-39. An additional 92 acres would be added near Nippon Sharyo railcar manufacturer. Golden Prairie manufacturing plant of 300,000 sq. ft. is purported to employ 100 people when completed. The council agreed to the amendment to Ordinance No. 10-1-92.
The council also approved a cost-sharing plan with the county for culvert replacement on Short Street. The county designated the size needed and Amboy's share would come from the motor fuel tax.
Under new business, the council approved a cost-sharing plan with the township to tar and chip over the black top of one mile of Sterling Road, which is eight to 10 years old and is in bad shape. The city's half in the amount of $9,000 would also come from the motor fuel tax.
The 2013 garbage rate increase of 18¢ was approved. This would go from $12.74 to $12.92, per the contract agreement. There was some concern over the exact term left to the contract - whether it expires in Dec. 31, 2033 or 2023, brought up by Hank Gerdes. It has been requested that it be looked into by the city attorney.
Garth Dallam of the Amboy Depot Days Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show gave a report on the 2012 car show. Even though there was heavy rain on the day of the car show, there were 320 entries, and the highest 50/50 winner to date. The committee donated $12,000 to the Depot Museum and made numerous other donations in the area. A little extra money was held back for seed money for the 25th anniversary show in two years. They are planning it to be the biggest and best so far. Dallam ended by saying "It shows we can do it when the sun shines and we can do it when it rains."
Dallam requested that the city provide the car show with the same privileges extended to them as last year, regarding ESDA, maintenance, patrol, etc., and being the only 50/50 drawing allowed that day. The council approved the request.
The building inspector's report included one permit for commercial building.
The animal control report included three cat calls, and three dog calls with one unfound, one returned to owner, and one to the veterinary's office.
With no further business or comments from the attorney, audience, council, or mayor, the meeting was adjourned.