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Maryville Board Approves TIF Agreements, Mural

Redevelopment agreements with the Barry Wilson Funeral Home and the Plan Shop Live kitchen were approved at the Maryville Village Board meeting on Wednesday, February 19.

Other items on the agenda also ranged from spending and saving money to baseball heroes and pickleball courts.

The Tax Increment Financing, or TIF, agreement with the owner of the funeral home is for an upgrade to its water service that includes boring a pipe channel under the parking lot and Illinois Route 159. Work is supposed to begin within 90 days.

Plan Shop Live LLC, to be relocated to 2719 North Center Street, is a successful online gourmet health business that is moving from owner Susan Smith’s Collinsville home to a commercial location.

The village has agreed to reimburse both developers an amount equal of up to 100 percent of Tax Eligible Redevelopment Project Costs – up to $8,600 for the funeral home and up to $5,000 for Plan Shop Live.

An intergovernmental agreement with the village of Glen Carbon and the Glen Carbon and Troy Fire Protection Districts relating to the centralized public safety communications system they share was also approved by the board.

“This is the same intergovernmental agreement that we are currently working on,” said Mayor Craig Short. “Every few years they re-evaluate us. The difference is the amount of moneys that are being paid out due to an increase in annual operating costs.

“For your information, it will cost our police department an extra eight thousand dollars per year and the fire department an extra one thousand two hundred fifty dollars per year,” he added.

The purchase of a VHF radio repeater from Wireless USA at a cost of $6,764 was also approved. A budgeted item, this replaces the phone line that transmits the radio signal from the Glen Carbon Police Department Dispatch Center to the base of the radio tower behind Maryville Village Hall to activate the firemen’s pagers.

According to Deputy Fire Chief George May, the county was paying in excess of $900 per month to Call One for the use of this phone line  and that the radio repeater will pay for itself in seven months. “The radio repeater will give us the ability to not have to use the phone line anymore,” he said.

The village consented to an agreement between TDF Holdings Inc. d/b/a FreeSky Studios and Keith and Marcia Oberkfell for a mural with famous Maryville baseball players to be painted on the side of the Maryville Heritage Museum facing Donk Street. Three of the players will be from the 1930s. The fourth will be former St. Louis Cardinals player Ken Oberkfell, who is related to Keith and Marcia Oberkfell, who will pay for the project.

The images will be 15 feet high and painted in grayscale. The total project cost is estimated to be $12,530. Because the mural will be painted on village property, the board had to give their consent to the contract..

The board also authorized the village to apply for PEP (Park Enhancement Program) grant funds from Madison County to build two pickleball courts in Drost Park. The cost of the project is estimated to be $42,685.24; the value of the grant $31,264; and the difference $11,421.24.

“The grants committee for Madison County will meet next month,” Short said, “and make their determination and send it to the board. Upon board approval, they will notify us prior to April 1. April 1 is when they authorize projects to begin.”

Republic Services reported that during the month of January, curbside pickup of trash was 199.25 tons; of recyclables, 43.82 tons; and of yard waste, 0.6 tons.

In other action the board approved:

• emergency replacement of the 800-amp breaker at the Water Plant by Guarantee Electric at a cost of $4,260.

• tree/brush removal for the Interceptor Sewer Project by Stutz Excavating Inc. at a submitted bid  of $44,600.

• the televised survey (“camera-ing”) and cleaning of Wells #1 and #4 by SUEZ- Water Well Solutions for a submitted bid of $32,448. The lowest of three bids, this budgeted item is routine maintenance to keep the wells up to performance standards.

• entering a three-year contract with FireCatt Precision Service Testing for fire hose testing.

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday March 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the Village Hall. The public is welcome to attend.

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