By TESA GLASS
MT. VERNON — —
The City Council will be discussing grant applications which will allow the former Armory property to be used for city-wide storage.
According to City Manager Ron Neibert, the Mt. Vernon Police Department is applying for two grants — one from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and the other from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Emergency Response Initiative for security improvements to the cinder block building located on the Armory property.
“Now that we are the formal owners of the Armory, we are seeking funding to modify and repair the structure to create a storage facility,” Neibert said. “The police department will use the building, and other departments in the city will be able to use it as needed.”
In addition to discussing the two resolutions to apply for grant funds, the council will be accepting a warranty deed from Mt. Vernon Township High School District 201 and from Hodge Enterprises for a small amount of land on Ambassador.
“It’s a sliver of land on property north of Ambassador,” Neibert said. “The high school will be building on the south side of Ambassador, and there is a small bit of property that belongs to the Hodge Properties. For purposes to make sure there is a clear title to the property, both are signing it over to the city. It’s of value to us so we can make road improvements, widen the road in that area.”
The council will also be holding a second reading on an ordinance declaring some property owned by the city as surplus.
“There were some items in the Armory which we are adding to the surplus property list from first reading that can be added to the auction we have planned on Feb. 9,” Neibert said.
The City Council will meet tonight at 7 p.m. at the Rolland W. Lewis Community Building at Veterans Park.