Additional COVID-19 relief funding to be discussed at next Decatur City Council meeting
The Decatur City Council will be discussing allocation of additional COVID-19 relief funding, a land donation to Crossing Healthcare, a cost share agreement with Decatur Public Schools for sidewalk improvements in the Johns Hill neighborhood, and vacating a public right-of-way on N. Mercer St. for the new Mueller Co. parking lot. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 17 at 5:30 PM (note the day of the meeting is Wednesday not Monday). Below is a brief summary of some of the agenda items.
$459,000 IN ADDITIONAL COVID-19 RELIEF FUNDING TO BE ALLOCATED
Council members will be discussing how to spend additional funds to help offset the economic impact of the pandemic on Decatur residents. City staff have recommended that 2/3 of the funding be allocated to help people re-tool (e.g., partially fund a maker-space and support youth employment programs) and 1/3 of the funding could be held in reserve to provide support for food banks, transitional housing, and crisis counseling.
LAND DONATION TO CROSSING HEALTHCARE
Council members are highly likely to approve the donation of the city property at 328 E. Wabash Ave. to Crossing Healthcare. The land will likely be used for a new capital project to help improve services to veterans. It is wonderful that this property will be put to great use.
CITIZENS ARE ENCOURAGED TO PROVIDE FEEDBACK TO CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS
If you would like to discuss this or any other issue with a city council member, phone numbers and e-mail addresses for each council member can be found at the following link: https://www.decaturil.gov/mayor-and-council/council/.
PLEASE EXPRESS YOUR VIEWS AT CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS
Meetings take place at the Theater located on the second floor of the Decatur Civic Center (1 Gary K. Anderson Place). Free parking is available in the lot immediately south of the entrance. Citizens are encouraged to attend meetings and express their views. Citizens are allotted 3 minutes per person near the beginning of each city council meeting. In addition, citizens can provide comments regarding one regular agenda item per meeting for up to three minutes provided they notify the city in advance (and prior to the start of the meeting). You can request to speak on a particular agenda item at a council meeting by filling out an on-line form at: https://www.decaturil.gov/mayor-and-council/advance-request-to-speak-at-council-meeting/.
AGENDAS FOR CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE
An agenda and information about each agenda item for each city council meeting can be found at: https://www.decaturil.gov/mayor-and-council/council-meetings/.