By Vinde Wells
Polo City Council members gave enthusiastic support Monday evening for participating in a proposed county-wide approach to economic development.
The recently formed Ogle County Creating Opportunities for Retention & Expansion (CORE) is considering hiring Manheim Solutions, Inc., Elgin, in partnership with Hopkins Solutions LLC, DeKalb, to provide economic development services.
City clerk Susie Corbitt, who has been attending CORE meetings, said the group is asking municipal officials throughout the county if they are willing to share in the cost and benefits of the services.
“We need to do something,” said alderman Randy Schoon.
Alderman Philip Peterson agreed, and said he would be interested in attending CORE meetings.
Corbitt said CORE will present its proposal to the Ogle County Board at its March 21 meeting.
In another matter, city attorney Tom Suits told the board that Ogle County Judge Robert Hanson recently issued an order allowing the city to proceed with demolition of the house owned by Richard Hess at 506 W. Fulton St.
The house was damaged by a fire approximately two years ago and poses hazards to public safety.
Suits said the property has been in foreclosure for some time, and representatives for current the mortgage holder failed to show up for several court hearings.
“The next step is to determine who is going to do the work,” he said.
The council decided to seek quotes from three local excavating companies.
Corbitt said that she contacted Nicor Gas about disconnecting the service to the property, and they will send a crew to do that in four to six weeks.
The funds to pay for the demolition and associated costs will come from city coffers.
Suits said the city may recover some of its costs through the sale of the property or judgment against the current owners.
In other business, the council:
• approved an amended engineering agreement with Willett, Hofmann & Associates, Dixon, for the upcoming sewer upgrades,
• met in closed session to discuss raises for employees but took no action.