Cordova officials disagree over TIF attorney

Posted Online: Aug. 14, 2014, 10:44 pm
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By Lyle Ernst,
CORDOVA -- Village officials have different views on Cordova's tax-increment-financing district's attorney.

Mayor Dean Moyer has previously stated Kathy Orr no longer holds that post. Trustee John Myers, however, said he called Ms. Orr and she told him she is Cordova's TIF attorney and has filed its 2013 TIF report.

Mayor Moyer said Ms. Orr had told him she would remove Cordova from her client list during a conversation about an invoice she submitted to the village.

At the board's July 11 meeting, Thomas Jacob, an attorney with Jacob & Klein Ltd. of Bloomington, presented a TIF plan listing the first-year cost to the village at $10,000 to $12,000, followed by $8,000 per year each following year.

Mr. Myers said he is concerned that figure is too high. Trustee Willard Somers agreed.

"I would rather pay Kathy Orr $200 per hour than pay Jacob $8,000 per year whether he does anything or not," Mr. Somers said. "I think his price is out of our range."

Mayor Moyer, however, said Cordova will have a new TIF attorney.

"Kathy Orr will not be our TIF attorney; that part is settled," he said. "I'm perfectly fine with the board looking for another TIF attorney."

In other business, Cordova resident Jim Bark, of 1206 3rd St. South, asked why no work had been done on installing water pipe in his front yard as approved at a July 31 special meeting.

"We are no farther than we were a year ago," he said.

Water ponds in the Barks' front yard, reportedly because of construction of the Shamrock Villas Living Center. Project engineers directed runoff into a catch basin; from there, the water flows onto the Barks' front yard. On July 31, board members approved installing a water pipe through property at an estimated cost of $25,000 to $30,000.

Mayor Moyer said the village had to determine where the money is coming from for the work.


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