Aldermen express views on marina vote

While we can’t speak for all of the members of the Beardstown City Council, we can certainly explain our part of the discussion that took place regarding a harbor resolution at the Committee as a Whole meeting, prior to the June 5, 2018 City Council meeting.

When the harbor project began a little over a year ago, the Mayor appointed the members of the Harbor Committee. These appointments did not include any council members. At the time the City had made no funding appropriations for the project. The original plan called for the Harbor Committee to raise the necessary funds for the project and that no public funds would be used. That meant the committee would not be subject to the open meetings act. Involving the City Council at that time, we believed would have slowed any progress.

As the project has evolved, so has the need for public funds. This fiscal year we will be appropriating at least $150,000 for the harbor project. The committee is also in the process of seeking grant funding for the project. With many grants, there will likely be matching contributions that will be needed in order to comply with the terms of the grant. A significant portion could potentially come from public funds, some of which may include TIF (Tax Increment Financing) funds. As the harbor committee seeks grants, it is important for Council and the public to understand what, if any, financial obligations the city may incur as a result. &nbsp;&nbsp;<ahref=""><spanstyl... 13px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">To view more, please log in or subscribe to the digital edition.</span></a></p>