Meredosia redistributes TIF Money, finishes cannabis village ordinance


    The Meredosia Village Board has received funds from the TIF account for redistribution. $72,000 will be transferred to the water fund, $5,000 to the fire department and $50,000 to the school district. The school will use the money for a state-of-the-art library and media center.
    The village’s cannabis ordinance was completed and approved during the May meeting of the board with provisions spelled out. The village will impose a 2.4% tax on gross receipts of sales. The ordinance requires no sales in a residential area or within 150 feet of a school.
    The board approved an amendment to the liquor license for Andrews Mart. Earlier the retailer obtained gaming machines but the sale of diesel fuel has significantly dropped, causing the business to be in violation. The diesel fuel sale was a condition required in order to offer the machines. An exception is allowed from the state if the business offers alcohol for consumption on the premises along with beer and wine package sales.
    In the street department report, work will begin soon to make needed street repairs; $111,000 will be used from Motor Fuel monies for the work to be done by Illinois Road Contractors.
    In the utilities report, village residents who have been displaced from their jobs due to COVID-19 will receive forgiveness on their water/sewer bills for April and May. Proof of displacement must be provided. An annual 2% increase to those rates goes into effect in June.