City awards seven TIF grants

The Vandalia City Council approved seven requests for TIF (Tax Increment Financing) funds on Monday, with one of those requests drawing considerable discussion.

The council approved a $17,400 grant for Arthur Young Inc., which plans to demolish the buildings to the west of its dealership and also remodel its building at 122 W. Gallatin St.

After the demolition work, the dealership will use that property to display vehicles. The total project estimate is just under $50,000.

Alderman Chad Feldpouch suggested increasing the grant amount to $25,000, contending that the city has spent a lot of TIF funds on Vandalias west side, but nothing on its east side.

City Administrator Jimmy Morani said that wasnt possible at this time. The problem is, we dont have the money, he said, explaining that all available TIF funds had been allocated.

More funds could be available in March, he said.

Also at issue is whether the project would be eligible for more funds, due to the proposed plans for the project.

Mayor Rick Gottman said he was told that the dealership plans to create a lot that will be used both to display vehicles and as a parking lot. Thus, the TIF funds were given to Arthur Young for the demolition and remodeling work.

The citys TIF advisory committee has agreed that parking lot projects are not eligible for TIF funds.

Alderman Bret Brosman said, New cars, used cars, customers cars it will be a parking lot.

Alderwoman Barbie Elliott added, The reality is, we dont have any more funds to allocate.

The council also approved:

A TIF grant of up to $3,300 to Daniel Stock for window and door improvements at ADS Electric, 215 W. Gallatin St.

A TIF grant of up to $3,015 to Denise Chatham for new thermal windows at Fayette County Real Estate, 740 W. Gallatin St.

A TIF grant of up to $15,600 to A One A Ltd./Mick Rogers for exterior restoration work to the building at 120 S. Sixth St. that houses Full Moon Bar & Grill. The project also includes the construction of a patio.

A TIF grant of up to $17,655 to William E. Haselhorst for restoration of a tin building at 703 Janett Ave. Haselhorst plans to expand his classic car restoration and display business.

A TIF grant of up to $9,000 to Arthur G. Martin for exterior improvements to Donaldson Carpet, 300 W. Gallatin St.

A TIF grant of up to $2,435 to Robert Anderson for masonry, guttering and roof improvements to buildings at 511, 513 and 515 W. Gallatin St.

Also at Mondays meeting:

The council approved an agreement with the Fayette County Hospital District that prohibits loitering on FCH lots and allows city police to enforce that prohibition.

The council approved the rezoning of property owned by John and Louise Thompson south of Veterans Avenue. The property is being rezoned from IL (light industrial) to CG (general commercial), which will allow Louise Thompson to expand her business, Skin Deep.

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