AMBOY — The Amboy City Council welcomed a new Alderman during Monday night’s meeting.
The Amboy City Council met Monday night in the University of Illinois Extension office. The meeting was postponed a week from the normal third Monday of the month due to weather.
Amboy Mayor John Schamberger recommended Jake Leffelman as the Alderman replacement for Eric McLauglin in Ward 1.
The four members of the council who were present voted in favor of Leffelman as the new Alderman of Ward 1. Alderman Bill Bontz was absent from the meeting.
Schamberger presented an idea to the council that would continue with the improvements that are being made in the city, including downtown. The idea is that the city would offer a pool of money that local businesses could apply for in assisting them with improvements on their building. Schamberger said the City of Rochelle has a program that Amboy could mirror. He said he would like to develop a façade improvement committee to look into the possibilities of what could be done.
He said that he thinks this could be something great to offer, and help some of the businesses to clean things up a little bit.
Amboy City Attorney Matt Keegan told the council that if the city offered a grant to the businesses it would trigger prevailing wage. He said that a TIF district, like Rochelle has, doesn’t trigger prevailing wage.
Alderman Brett Dewey agreed that prevailing wage would throw a wrench into the program.
In other board news:
The next Amboy City Council meeting will be held at 7 p.m., on Monday, March 18, in the Amboy Community Center.