There was some good news and some bad news for economic development in Taylorville at Monday night’s city council meeting. The city will finally give the green light to start a huge municipal project, but received a setback in another.
The good news is out of the new Taylorville Water Treatment Plant project. With the Illinois state budget in place, the city council was finally able to pass a motion to effectively start the construction of the multi-million dollar project.
Mayor Barry says tonight’s approved motion gives him the go-ahead to give the contractor the green light.
But the mayor received a letter from Illinois EPA that they would not accept the grant application that the city and the Taylorville Development Association applied for in regards to the industrial park. Barry says he is waiting on what the TDA wants to do after receiving this denial letter.
Other action items at Monday night’s meeting included the swearing in of new Taylorville firefighter Rich Holmes, approving the purchase of 18 new Glock 9 millimeter pistols to standardize Taylorville police officers’ primary weapons, and the purchase of a new 2017 Exmark 31 HP lawnmower from Jenner Ag to replace a mower that needed a new motor at the lake. The next scheduled city council meeting is set for August 7th at 7 p.m. at the Taylorville Municipal Building.
Firefighter Rich Holmes is sworn in by Taylorville City Clerk Julie Lilly at the Taylorville City Council meeting on July 17, 2017.