St. Joseph, Illinois




Mayor Hackler called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.


The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all present.


Roll call was taken.        Hackler               Present

                                Rigdon                 Present

                                                                Spurlock              Present

                                      McCarty               Present

                                      Fruhling-Voges    Present

                                      Silver                    Present

                                      Chism                   Present


Others in attendance: Mike Peters, Village Maintenance Supt; Julie Quednau, Village Office Manager; Tiffany McElroy-Smetzer, Village Clerk; Deb Routh, Village Treasurer; Joe Lierman, Village Attorney; Victoria Waybright, Village Park Director; Josh Reese, St. Joseph Community Council; Cameron Moore, Susan Chavarria and Kathy, RPC; Todd Pence, St. Joseph, Grade School Superintendent; Stephanie Holderfield, Champaign County Circuit Clerk Candidate; and Nora Maberry, The Leader.


MINUTES:   The minutes of the February 14, 2012 Village Board Meetings will be approved at the next board meeting.  


REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION:  Cameron Moore excited to have us.  Members are excited to have us.  The Regional Planning Commission meets the fourth Friday of the month at 8:30 am.  Villages normally send their Mayor or a designee.  The Village is also welcome to work with the RPC staff for projects.


Susan Chavarria spoke about the Regional Planning Commission.  Tech Committee – learning process share drafts, documents, and share opinions, get feedback.   Meets Wed 8:30 on 2nd Wed


Explained differences between MAPPING Visions, Comprehensive Plan 20 year plan usually, TIF Comprehensive Redevelopment Plan.   See Attachment 1.



Moore stated that a first time Comprehensive Plan is a year long process.    A new Comprehensive Plan is in the $25000 to $50000 range.


Susan Chavarria stated that it is possible that a portion of the comprehensive plan could fall under a work plan for RPC which is the annual project for RPC.  There is a 200 hour budget in RPC for members to be split amongst all RPC members.


Another RPC representative discussed TIFS.  She stated that for economic development,  TIFS very useful. 49 states use TIF districts.  There are 1000 TIF districts in Illinois, 8 of which are in Champaign County. 


TIFs are useful for properties that need redeveloped, need private or public infrastructure.  A general rule for when to create a TIF is but for the TIF district you might not have been able to do anything with this property.  TIFS are usually contiguous and no greater than 35% of town.  For the life of the TIF life (up to 23 years), record assessed value and taxes remain as they were at the start of the TIF.  Those taxes would continue to be paid to taxing bodies BUT at only at the rate of the beginning of the TIF


A TIF must be active within 7 years of creation.  TIF districts can pay for planning, designing, job training, financing costs, marketing, and infrastructure.  Champaign-Urbana used TIF districts to strengthen their downtowns, rehab the Boneyard, marketing, auto dealers and hotels.  Homer uses TIF for sewer improvements, demolition of property, water tower improvements, as well as park improvements. 


The steps of the TIF process are as follows:


FEASIBILITY STUDY - to look at properties to put in TIF


REDEVELOPMENT PLAN – needs to be passed by ordinance.  Must give copy to County Clerk and to the State.  This plan must be annually reported to the State. 


JOINT REVIEW BD – consist of one member from each taxing body.  They have input for the life of the TIF.  They are advisory only positions. 


Generally takes up to a year to start a TIF district. 


Audience questions included:  How does it benefit the other taxing districts? The answer is that the TIF District can do several things including:

-        can pay back portion of taxes to the taxing bodies.

-        can perhaps help alleviate a portion of the increased costs for school districts

-        Can even help with infrastructure projects if the taxing bodies are in the TIF district. 


TIF is a negotiated agreement between the taxing agencies.  Taxing districts can ask for what they want and that will help alleviate the financial impact of the TIF.


Prevailing wage is normally for public dollar projects.  The private dollars normally are not subject to the prevailing wage.


Cost is another concern of the Trustees and audience.  It can cost from several hundred to $20,000.  It depends on activity of TIFs.  The RPC can administer the TIF.  Their charges are based solely on hours.


The minimum space for a TIF is 1.5 acres.


A village can have several TIF districts.  TIF district money needs to stay in the same TIF district.  TIF Districts should not cross funds. TIF districts can “borrow” from each other but need to repay.  TIFs musts balance.


The worst case would be that the village borrows millions based on increment being the repayment tool, but then there is no increment.  The village will need to pay!  This could be very difficult financial problem for a village.   


 RETIREMENT of TIF plan -   If there is money in the TIF district at the retirement of the plan; the money would go back to the taxing districts. 


PUBLIC PARTICIPATION:  Stephanie Holderfield told the Board what changes she would like to see made in the Champaign County Circuit Clerk’s Office.  She asked for everyone in attendance’s support. 


BILLS:  Rigdon motioned and Spurlock seconded to approve the bills as presented.  Roll call vote was taken:  Rigdon – Aye, Spurlock – Aye, McCarty –Aye, Fruhling-Voges – Aye, Silver – Aye, and Chism – Aye.  Motion passed 6-0. 


MAYOR’S DESK:  Nothing to report.




FINANCE:    Fruhling-Voges reported that the CCCD is planning on having a scheduled burn.   She requested adequate notification so we could notify the public.  Dates are not set.  She asked that the Board look at ways to notify the public.  Fruhling-Voges mentioned that a face book and/or twitter page might be a good way to get information out to the public.  Discussion followed.  No decision was made to start either a face book or twitter account.   


McCarty questioned where the Personnel Committee was on sub-foreman.  Fruhling-Voges noted that it was still in committee. 


SANITARY SEWER:  Nothing to report.


PARKS & RECREATION:  Silver noted that money had been transferred to pay for the Border Magic sign.  There is a committee meeting on March 7th.  The Committee will meet with all the teams. 


PUBLIC HEATH & SAFETY: Nothing to report


BUILDINGS & GROUNDS:  Nothing to report


STREETS & ALLEYS:  Chism noted that he had received bids for the 4th Street drainage project.  Chism motioned and McCarty seconded to approve the bid of Stewart and Stewart for $3,780.  Roll call vote was taken:  Spurlock – Aye, McCarty – Aye, Fruhling-Voges – Aye, Silver – Aye, Chism – Aye, and Rigdon – Aye.  Motion passed 6-0.


Chism will be setting up a Streets and Alleys committee meeting.   It will be before the next Village Board meeting.  The agenda will be Main Street resurfacing


CLERK’S DESK:  Nothing to report


ATTORNEY’S DESK:  Lierman presented the ordinance for Annexation of Woodard Park into the Village.   Rigdon motioned and Chism seconded to approve the ordinance as presented.  McCarty – Aye, Fruhling-Voges – Aye, Silver – Aye, Chism – Aye, Rigdon – Aye, and Spurlock – Aye.  Motion passes 6-0. 


Silver motioned and Fruhling-Voges seconded to approve the Ordinance establishing Special Events Liquor Licenses in the Village.  This Ordinance will allow a liquor licensee to be issues to a current St. Joseph liquor license holder for area which is owned by the Village of St. Joseph.  Roll call vote was taken:  Fruhling-Voges – Aye, Silver – Aye, Chism – Aye, Rigdon – Aye, Spurlock – Aye, and  McCarty – Aye.  Motion passed 6-0.



Lierman questioned the Board as to whether or not they wanted to proceed with the Special Use Permit issue.   After some discussion it was determined that the Board is in agreement with taking this to zoning. 


At 8:38, Silver motioned and Spurlock seconded to adjourn the meeting.


These minutes are respectfully submitted. 




Tiffany McElroy-Smetzer