Village of Coal Valley

COAL VALLEY — An amended expansion and financing for the U.S. 6 TIF district was approved by the village board Wednesday night.

Trustees voted 4-0 to approve the amended expansion to the district. Trustees Stan Engstrom and Jake Hoyt were absent.

The expansion will now include all parts of U.S. 6 from near the western entrance to the village and extend near the Happy Joe’s Pizza, 320 W. 1st Ave.

Village Administrator Annette Ernst thanked the board for approving the expanded TIF.

“It has been a long year,” she said.

In April, the board heard a proposal by Derek Engstrom, owner of Corn Crib Nursery, to complete landscaping along the route. The proposal shown would cost $80,000. At that meeting, Mayor Mike Bartels said he was hoping for someone for the village to partner with to make the plan a reality.

In other business:

  • Bartels said that it is good that someone local now owns the former Jack & Jill property, 201 W. 2nd Ave. Work has commenced on the building, but he did not give details on what the future holds for property.

According to a report from Ernst, closing on the property happened on May 15 and the village intends to have a meeting with the owner to discuss plans.

  • The Tony Hamilton Orchestra will perform at the 1st Street Municipal Park on Aug. 11 after the council agreed to accept a $300 donation from the owner of Mulligan’s Valley Pub. The board voted 4-0 to pay the additional $300 needed for the band to appear.

Trustee Adam Bain said it was good for the village to get into partnerships to help bring concerts and other events to the village.

  • A movie will be shown at the 1st Street Municipal Park on July 27. The village is working with the city of Moline on an agreement for borrowing a projector.

“I just want to provide something for our residents to take advantage of,” Bartels said. “We have parks but we don’t have anything outside of those parks. Other municipalities do it quite often. Hopefully we have good participation.”

Trustees voted 4-0 to cover a $500 deposit for the projector and $400 to pay for the copyright fee. After an online vote was held, it was determined the movie to be shown will be “The Goonies.”

  • Police Chief Jack Chick said he has been moving electronic speed detectors around to let residents know they are speeding. He said he has been receiving complaints regarding speeding.
  • An executive session was held to discuss real estate.

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