MOLINE -- The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce may take over management and operation of the Moline Centre Main Street program.
Aldermen are scheduled to vote Tuesday night on a one year contract with the Chamber to oversee and coordinate the program, which includes marketing downtown events and businesses, scheduling rental of the plaza at Bass Street Landing, a facade improvement program, and maintenance and landscaping within two Special Service Areas.
According to council documents, the city would pay the chamber $142,660 to run the program through June 30, 2014. The amount includes the full salary and benefits of a Main Street program director and project manager, and a portion of the wages of the chamber's director of events, event staff and support staff.
In addition, the total cost includes rent for office space, marketing activities, training and internet, phone and computer.
Council documents state "the transfer of the administrative function to the chamber will result in lower operational costs and economies of scale..."
The amount the city spends to operate the program was not available Monday. Moline's planning and development director Ray Forsythe said the program costs -- including the salaries of two staffers -- are paid by the two SSAs, Tax Increment Finance funds, and the city's general fund.
Mr. Forsythe the chamber's employee costs are less and it can do things in-house -- such as marketing and graphic design -- the city paid private entities to do. The chamber also handles downtown maintenance and landscaping for Davenport and does at a much lower cost than Moline pays, he said.
"There will be savings in many areas," Mr. Forsythe said.
According to council documents, the city has determined "the administration of the program is better suited" to an independent entity.
Mr. Forsythe said the one-year contract can be extended."City staff, administration and the city council are dedicated to the Main Street program and we want to make sure it remains a top-notch program," he said.
In other business, aldermen, sitting as the committee of the whole, will consider expanding the Enterprise Zone for a proposed Holiday Inn Express at 2300 69th Ave., on Quad City International Airport property.
Frontier Hospitality Group of Illinois LLC, is proposing to build a four-story, 54,000-square-foot hotel on the site.
Companies that build in an enterprise zone are eligible for state and local incentives, such as waived building permit fees and an exemption from paying sales tax on building materials purchased in Illinois.
The proposed zone expansion also must be approved by East Moline, Silvis, Milan and the county, who participate in the program with Moline.
The 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.