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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Council grateful for $8 million housing unit

  • The Harrisburg city council met somberly Thursday night, given that the city had learned that morning Mayor Ron Crank had succumbed to brain cancer.
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  • The Harrisburg city council met somberly Thursday night, given that the city had learned that morning Mayor Ron Crank had succumbed to brain cancer.
    Opening the meeting, Mayor Pro Tempore Ron Fearheiley stated to the audience that “Ron would want this meeting to go on as scheduled and so we will do so.”
    In old business, the council disposed of several matters pertaining to the increased cost of road salt, revision in cost of sewage plant treatment improvements and extensions of Poplar Street to accommodate proposed property development. All council members voted affirmative on these topics.
    Moving on to new business,the council unanimously approved applications from Gypsy Moon, a women’s clothing store recently relocated to the town square and from Keystone-Harrisburg Properties LLC, for distribution of Tax Increment Finance money to assist these companies develop their businesses. In the case of Gypsy Moon, this funding will allow the boutique to continue to upgrade their newly acquired location across from the Saline County Courthouse.
    Keystone-Harrisburg Properties LLC is an entirely different matter, concerning the construction of an $8 million dollar assisted care living and memory care facility to be constructed along the Route 13 bypass on the west side of town. This facility will provide 30 to 40 full time jobs upon completion and is a project that the city has been actively pursuing for some time. Mayor Pro Tempore Fearheiley stated that the city was very pleased to about this facility and that it wold be a “very big project for Harrisburg.”
    In other action the council:
    Approved the vacation of the alley behind Best One Tire to allow the business to expand.
    Approved the initiation of the process to allow three other alleys to be vacated, one located south of 12045 N. Wilmoth St. and two alleys adjacent to the Casey's store in Harrisburg. On the North Wilmoth location, if finalized, would allow a family owning land on both sides of the alley in question to put a modular home on the location. In the case of the Casey's location, the vacation of the alleys in question would allow the store to expand it's size and services Accepted bids for purchase of properties along the Route 13 bypass from NAPA of Harrisburg and from Keystone-Harrisburg Properties. Both locations are be on the East side of the city.

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