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 Thursday, April 17, the 107th day of 2014. There are 258 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet. 1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.