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Council OK's transfer of funds from Best Cob land sale

Appointments made to census committee

ROCK FALLS – The city’s sewer department has received the money made from the Best Cob land sale, but it will be reinvested in the West Route 30 Industrial Park.

The City Council on Tuesday approved the transfer of $159,890 from the Industrial Development Commission to the city’s Wastewater Fund. The sale price was $200,000, but some of that money stayed with the IDC for costs incurred during the process.

“We subtracted $36,109 for expenses that were mainly for detention pond engineering and an additional $6,300 in attorney fees, of which $4,000 was for the Best Cob transaction,” City Administrator Robbin Blackert said.

Corncob processor Best Cob bought 20 acres of land last year in the westside business park for a multiphase project that will include storage, production and corporate office buildings.

City land that is being marketed for development is turned over to the IDC, and that body works on land deals. The money from this sale is going to the sewer department because the Best Cob property was part of 60 acres of remaining land that was acquired to build the city’s sewer plant.

The money won’t be sitting in the Wastewater Fund for long. It will be reinvested in the business park. The city will put it toward a major stormwater sewer project – a $400,000 retention pond that will service all 60 acres near Best Cob.

Work on the stormwater sewer project will begin as soon as the weather allows.

“We were supposed to start building it already, but it hasn’t been cold enough for the ground to freeze this winter,” Blackert said.

Code enforcement

The council unanimously approved an agreement with Tim Slavin ADR Services of Morrison for hearing services on code enforcement issues. The contract runs from May 1 to April 30, 2021.

Slavin will be paid $750 for each session he presides over as hearing officer. Rock Falls and Sterling have an intergovernmental agreement to jointly use Slavin’s services.

Appointments made

• Terry Gisi was reappointed to the Rock Falls Police Pension Board. His 2-year term ends April 30, 2022.

• Six appointments were made to the City of Rock Falls Complete Count Committee, a panel formed to oversee the city’s 2020 Census efforts. Mark Searing will head up the committee, which will also include Amy Lego, Bethany Bland, Dave Blanton, Brian Tribley and John Benton. The committee will put an emphasis on getting low-income and minority participation, which had been cited as challenges in the last census count.

Next meeting

The Rock Falls City Council next meets at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at City Hall, 603 W. 10th St. 

The agendas will be posted at rockfalls61071.net and at City Hall. Call 815-622-1100 for more information.

The council meeting also airs live on Channel 5.

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