From City Council Committee MeetingWritten by Theresa Rose on May 18, 2016
The Mt. Pleasant City Council Personnel and Finance committee met Tuesday morning. The committee will recommend approval of a request for financial support from the Henry County Heritage Trust. The trust wants to apply for a grant to help pay for an elevator for the old Saunders School building but needs to show support from the city and the county. The city can assist with $10,000 in hotel motel tax funds.
The committee agreed to ask the city lawyer to contact Biomedical Synergies with a request to pay back incentive dollars. In 2010 the city gave the company that tracks tissue donation $36,000 to establish an office in Mt. Pleasant. There was a promise to hire 20 employees to start with. The plan never got off the ground probably due to the poor economy and changes brought about by Obama care. Since 2010 the city has given the company two one year extensions.
City administrator Brent Schleisman shared information about a housing initiative that could create more rental units. A developer in town wants to apply for up to one million dollars thru a program that loans the money at 1% for 20 years if the developer goes thru the city and can prove the need for the housing hinders job creation. A recent housing survey proved Mt. Pleasant is in need of rental properties. The developer told Schleisman they already have land with the right zoning and infrastructure. Another developer has a chance to get $100,000 to re-hab four apartments in the Hoaghlin Bulding downtown. Scott Lowe, who redid the theater building would like to try for the money thru a new program with Great River Housing Trust.
The last item of business was a discussion of how to replace the deputy clerk. Tammy Deitrich will retire at the end of July.