MOLINE — Aldermen will be asked tonight to consider amending the Enterprise Zone to assist Trimble Funeral and Cremations Centers with a relocation and expansion.
According to council documents, Trimble asked that the property at 701 12th St. be included in the boundary, which would make new development at the site eligible for Enterprise Zone benefits.
According to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, businesses that locate or expand in an Enterprise Zone can be eligible for exemption of sales taxes on building materials and an investment tax credit of .5 percent on qualified property.
Moline also waives building permit fees to companies in the Enterprise Zone, said Pat Burke, the city's economic development manager.
According to council documents, the state needs Trimble's current location for the new Interstate 74 bridge, so the company must relocate.
Trimble is proposing to build a new funeral home and cremation center on 12th Street, as well as CityView, a reception center.
Council documents say the project will retain 10 full- and part-time employees and create up to 25 new jobs.
The Enterprise Zone expansion would have to be approved by East Moline, Silvis, Milan and Rock Island County, which participate in an intergovernmental agreement that sets the Enterprise Zone boundaries. Mr. Burke said expansion of the zone also requires DCEO approval.
The Moline City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed zone expansion at 6:45 p.m. April 23. The city council likely will not formally vote on the expansion until mid-May.
Tonight's committee of the whole meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. on the second floor of city hall, 619 16th St. The city council meeting immediately follows.
Agendas are available at city hall or moline.il.us.
Today is Tuesday, Sept. 16, the 259th day of 2014. There are 106 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business. 1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments. 1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace. 1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually. 1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area. 1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.