Lebanon city council gives approval to larger TIF district

Mayor Rich Wilken stands with members of Lebanon Girl Scout troops after declaring the week of March 10 to be Girl Scout Week. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Angela Simmons)

By Angela Simmons

LEBANON – Maps were placed in the Lebanon City Hall of an amended 116 acre TIF district. The maps will be part of placing the amendment to the TIF district and comprehensive plan on file for public inspection. The council voted to place the amendment to on file for public inspection, and several other actions that are part of the final granted approval. 

The amended area includes the larger, 116 acre TIF district. Daniel Schmidt, Project Manager for Economic Development Resources (EDR) presented more aspects of the redevelopment plan that includes added land uses inside the new area, including office spaces, more retail and single family homes. There will also be extension of municipal utilities and infrastructure to some areas that aren’t currently served by the city. Schmidt estimated that there would be a projected project cost of $8 million dollars for the area. 

A small property will also be annexed into Lebanon “to have control over an intersection within the TIF district” according to Wilken, in order to take advantage of a grant for stoplights within the district. 

Along with placing the amendment for public inspection, the council also sent the amendment to the other taxing bodies and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). 

There will also be Joint Review Board that meets on Friday, April 12 at 1 p.m. The board is made up of representatives of most, but not all, of the impacted taxing districts. 

They also set a public hearing date of Monday, May 13 at 6:45 p.m. 

In Other News:

• Mayor Rich Wilken declared the week of March 10 to be Girl Scout Week in Lebanon. In his declaration, Wilken applauded the Girl Scout movement and Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois for providing a safe, inclusive space for girls to learn life and leadership skills. Girls were present from multiple local troops, including 283, 676 and 155. 

• A contract between the city of Lebanon and Green’s Grass Guy for mowing the College Hill Cemetery was approved.