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DeKalb City Council to consider Barb City Manor lease

DeKALB – The City Council will vote Monday to approve a 10-year lease extension for Barb City Manor, to begin July 1 and run through Dec. 31, 2028, giving $50,000 in financial contributions each year for the first nine years, and $25,000 the last year.

According to city documents, City Manger Bill Nicklas and the Barb City Manor Board of Directors met June 14, after the latest City Council meeting, to discuss the future of the independent living facility, which serves seniors 62 and older, providing them meals, linen service and a 24-hour staff.

In May, the council began considering what to do with the current lease, which is set to expire June 30.

On June 14, the council reached consensus on exploring a 10-year lease, giving the manor $50,000 a year for the first five years, with financial considerations for the remaining five.

Nicklas has said much of the consideration about the lease extension revolves around money constraints at the city level and urged the council to come up with an alternative funding source should it pursue continuing to financially support the facility.

Barb City Manor Inc. has leased the property at 680 Haish Blvd., which is owned by the city, since 1979.

Since the creation of the tax increment financing district known as TIF 2, the city has budgeted $100,000 a year for annual building maintenance and repair, Nicklas has said.

Because TIF 2 expired Dec. 31, the city is deciding what to do about the lease, because money is not available for capital repairs.

Also on the agenda

Two public hearings are scheduled to take place during Monday’s council meeting, set for 6 p.m. at the DeKalb Municipal Building, 200 S. Fourth St.

Residents are invited to comment on the Community Development Block Grant’s annual performance report, which provides information about the use of funds and accomplishments by the city for its 2018 block grant program.

Paper copies of the report are available for viewing until 5 p.m. Monday at the city’s Community Development Department and the Finance Department, in the municipal building.

A copy also is available for review at the DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak St.The report also can be viewed electronically at www.cityofdekalb.com.

Also, a public hearing will be held for ComEd to annex land at 1827 Pleasant St., a 5.6-acre site in unincorporated DeKalb County which contains an existing ComEd electrical substation, documents show.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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