DeKalb City Council to appoint city manager, vote on TIF funds

December 15, 2018

DeKALB – The City Council’s final meeting of the year Tuesday will include votes to appoint the new city manager, a public hearing for the Out On A Whim tattoo parlor and votes to allocate tax increment financing funds.

In a special City Council meeting set to begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the DeKalb Municipal Building, 400 S. Fourth St., the City Council will vote to appoint Bill Nicklas as city manager.

Mayor Jerry Smith has said he expects the in-favor vote to be unanimous, after voicing his approval after the Thursday announcement that Nicklas, who held the position from 1992 to 1997, beat out 49 other applicants for the job. Nicklas will be the fifth person to occupy that role in less than 12 months.

He will make $150,000 a year, with another $3,000 in annual allowances, get 20 vacation days and 12 sick days each year, and the city will pay $8,600 toward his insurance each year.

After a TIF meeting set for Monday, the council also will vote to allocate surplus funds from the TIF district known as TIF 2, which expires Dec. 31.

State’s Attorney Rick Amato called the Monday meeting to convene the Joint Review Board informally, so that all taxing bodies can discuss the city’s use of TIF money, historically, and in the wake of recent conversations surrounding what to do with the TIF 2 surplus.

On Monday, the council gave preliminary direction to city economic planner Jason Michnick regarding four possible projects for the $5.6 million in TIF surplus the city is set to receive by the end of the year. There will be four separate votes for each project.

The project that garnered the most positive council reaction was an expansion of the Egyptian Theatre,

135 N. Second St., including installing air conditioning and expanding the bathrooms and concessions abilities.

Three other projects for TIF money consideration include redevelopment of 145 Fisk Ave., formerly St. Mary’s hospital, into a boutique hotel; the renovation of Hometown Sports Bar & Grill at 241 E. Lincoln Highway; and a proposed installation of fiber-optic and security cameras in the central business district.

In other business, a feud between two former partners over a tattoo license approval will come to a head with a public hearing on Out On A Whim tattoo, 127 E. Lincoln Highway, and a vote on the licensing.

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