The Minonk City Council approved 2 TIF grants at their Monday night meeting. Minonk Lanes will receive a one time payment of $11,000 for new flooring and air conditioning while Roger Smith will receive a one time payment of $5000 for roofing and re-shingling and a new awning on the Minonk Florist building which he owns.
In other business the council approved a payment of $72,311.81 to Mid-Illinois Mechanical for work on the waste water treatment plant, and approved the 2018-2019 Prevailing Wage Ordinance.
Librarian Debra Blunier gave a report to the council in which she mentioned that the library in conjunction with the Fieldcrest school district received a $2500 grant for new books. She said there were 120 in attendance at the first Summer Reading program held today. Attendance at library events was over 2400 for the past year and visitors totaled over 13,000.
Ms. Blunier said the library is very fortunate to be able to put on display NASA lunar and meteorite rock samples in July at the library. She said the microfilm files are in the process of being digitized in California and should be completed by the end of June at which time old newspapers will be accessible over the internet.
Administrative Manager Bill Moline said the city has hired Jake Anderson as a city employee. He said air piping was completed last week at the sewer plant project and this week back filling the structures and regrading the site will be undertaken.
Mr. Moline said a court date of September 10th has been set for a hearing on the status of the former Young Chevrolet building at 6th and Chestnut. It is hoped a trial date can be set at that time. In the meantime, efforts are being made to determine the cost of demolition of the building.
Mr. Moline added that he is waiting for proof from HUD that the building at 215 E. 10th street is considered an approved move into building.