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|Council Speeds Manufacturer's Process
|The Galesburg City Council decided to adopt an amendment to the Development Ordinance to make room for an unnamed manufacturing company coming to Galesburg.
The manufacturer is reportedly from California and is looking to move into the Hawthorne Center to produce products used in automotive and aerospace industries.
Amendments to the Development Ordinance were proposed during August's Planning and Zoning Commission meeting to create two Comprehensive Planned Development districts.
The matter was only on first reading, but the rules were suspended in favor of adopting the changes. First Ward Alderman Ken Goad says he was in favor of the motion to speed up the business process.
"That is, I think, a good plus for the City of Galesburg to get 30 good-paying jobs and whatever we as a Council can do to move it along is our responsibility, or it's my responsibility," says Goad.
According to a City document, the manufacturer will employ 15 people in two shifts.
After agreeing to suspend the rules, the Council adopted the changes 6-1 with Third Ward Alderman Russell Fleming voting against the amendment. He says that he changed his mind on the matter.
"I was going to vote yes on this when it came back on a second reading," says Fleming. "Because there's been so many requests for a termination of the second reading, I'm going to be voting no on this for that simple reason."
The company has said their operation will create some noise at the Hawthorne Center site and because the surrounding areas are diverse, it has the potential to create future problems. Nonetheless, Sixth Ward Alderman Wayne Allen says the City found a way to overcome a challenge.
"We've done something really nice tonight, and that's help a new business come to Galesburg in our own way, shape, and form," says Allen. "The State Chamber [of Commerce] put out a letter that we can't blame everything on the State of Illinois, we have to overcome them and find ways to work with businesses and that's a small token for what we did tonight."
The City's Planning and Zoning Commission has said they were concerned about the level of noise, but will need to research the matter before recommending further changes.
|09 03 13 by Newsroom
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