Service line loan approval, Orpheum TIF request hit Galesburg council agenda tonight

Galesburg aldermen are expected to vote tonight on the finalization of a loan application slated for lead service line removal in town. 
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency previously granted the city pre-approval on a $4 million loan and last month, City Council approved an agreement to prepare bid documents on the project. 

Tonight, council could accept the formal approval. City Engineer Wayne Carl has said he expects work to remove more than 2,000 lead lines would begin sometime this Fall. 

In other news, council will vote on approving TIF funds for the Orpheum Theatre’s renovation. TIF money is granted to businesses in certain city areas and is used as an incentive to build or renovate. Council documents indicate the city would not exceed paying $82,600 toward the roughly $275,000 interior renovation of the building. 

Orpheum Executive Director Kevin Maynard told WGIL in a June interview that some of those upgrades included a new sound system and HVAC system. The funding would be paid out over a five year period. 

Council meets at 6:30 p.m. inside City Hall.

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