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, Oct. 2, the 275th day of 2014. There are 90 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural. 1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m.. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.