Thursday evening, the Grayville City Council held a Public Hearing for the Downstate Small Business Stabilization Grant “to provide interested parties an opportunity to express their views on the proposed Downstate Small Business Stabilization application funded by Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.”

According to the Council agenda, “on or about May 4, the City of Grayville intends to apply to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for a grant from the State CDBG program.”

“This program is funded by Title 1 of the federal Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended.  These funds are to be used to provide working capital for the benefit of MACCHAPPY’S LLC and Garman Machine Shop. The total amount of CDBG funds to be requested is $50,000.00 and will address the urgent needs of the business due to the COVID-19 emergency.”

After the Public Hearing, the City Council entered into a Special City Council Meeting, where they unanimously approved the resolutions pertaining to the grant, which would provide both MACCHAPPY’S LLC and Garman Machine Shop $25,000 each to bolster their small businesses.

No other participation agreements or any other actions were needed for the grant application.

Also discussed during the Special Meeting were various rates for City employees providing property clean-up around the city.

Mayor Travis Thompson began the discussion, “the last thing that we have, is set rates for property clean-up. The reason that was put on there, is because late last week, a property that some of our workers were sent to to clean-up…I think it would be best, if we came up with a rate-per hour rate, for not only the workers, but also for equipment use…”

“We have the amount that it costs us per hour,” but Thompson is looking for an appropriate rate for both employee and equipment use rates across the board.

Finance Commissioner David Jordan then noted that “As I told JoEllen [Seil] yesterday, my grandson does mowing and…the standard rate anymore is a dollar a minute for mowing and cleaning up on yards.”

“So that’s basically $60 an hour, per person,” he said. “It sounds high,” he continued, but said when factoring in equipment, it’s fair.

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