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    The Carlyle City Council approved a contract for purchase of real estate Monday night at their regular city council meeting for a new police station.
    The council unanimously approved the contract for purchase of real estate in the amount of $300,000, by and between the city of Carlyle and Jeffry M. Faust/Jeffry Faust Revocable Trust for the police station at 2111 West Lake Terrace.
    It was previously reported that the city would receive a lease from the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the FBI would sublet an office at the new location, and would pay for renovations and a monthly lease in the amount of $4,000 for five years.
    Carlyle Police Chief Mark Pingsterhaus previously gave a breakdown on how the process started, stating that the FBI has satellite offices all over the area, and the federal government approached him about having a satellite office in Carlyle.
    "We found a building in Carlyle that would meet the needs of the FBI and the Carlyle Police Department," Pingsterhaus said.
    He added that the city has been looking into a new police department for some time, and this situation is the perfect opportunity. 
    The police department (which is next to Carlyle City Hall) would move over to the new location, and the room would then expand City Hall. 
    In addition, the city could recoup as much as $240,000 in five years from the federal government.
    In other news, the council approved initiating the first steps for the new pool and authorized Burbach Aquatics to begin Phase I, Steps 5 and 6 of the Professional Services Agreement. 
    Phase I, Step 5 includes fundraising assistance in the amount of $5,800, and Phase I, Step 6 includes referendum support in the amount of  $2,600.

    Last month, the council voted in support of a pool project using the existing location and space, as well as keeping the existing shower house and concession stand. 
    Pool features would include an aqua zip line; a zero-depth entry, which would address the Americans with Disabilities Act access to the pool; a toddler slide and a water walk to separate the toddler area from the main pool.
    An opinion of probable cost for the project would be approximately $4.3 million.
    Carlyle City Administrator Andy Brackett said that they have several ways to fund the pool project, including through a capital campaign (donations), grants, and bond sales.
    Bond sales funded through a Non-Home Rule sales tax increase could also help fund the pool. A sales tax increase of one-half of a percent would result in an extra .50 cents for every $100 spent. With a modest increase each year of one-half of a percent, resulting in revenues of over $6 million over a 20-year period.
    "Overall, the sales tax rate would move to 7.24 percent, and at current rates, the debt service for a bond amount of $4 million is around $250,000 per year," said Brackett.
    However, a referendum would have to go before a vote in an election. Brackett said that if the sales tax was raised, tourists who come to Carlyle would also be the ones to bear the cost.
    In a proposed tentative timeline, the referendum vote could be in the spring of 2022 or the fall of 2022. If the vote passes, collection would begin Jan. 1, 2023, or July 1, 2023, depending on when the ordinance is sent to the Illinois Department of Revenue.
    If passed in the spring of 2022, construction would begin in fall of 2022, and if passed in fall of 2022, construction would begin in the spring of 2023.
    Once passed, construction is estimated to take up to 10 months, with completion by summer 2023 or summer 2024 (depending if there is a referendum vote).
    The council approved a Revolving Loan Fund for the company, Honest Water LLC, to purchase water purification and bottling equipment for their new building.
    Honest Water LLC is relocating their business to Carlyle and is seeking a $40,500 loan. The business will be located at the former Ultra Life building on Franklin Street.
    Owner Erin Hamilton was at the council meeting and said she was excited and looking forward to Honest Water moving to Carlyle.
    In other action:
    •The council approved a motion for the final payment to Byrne & Jones Construction in the amount of $63,646.80 for the completion of the Krebs Hill Subdivision resurfacing project.
    •The council approved a motion to waive competitive bidding and approved the proposal from Visu-Sewer to line the 18" sewer main in the amount of $205,735.00.
    In addition, the council approved a proposal from Mideastern Plumbing for $24,600 to repair the sewer main on Fifth/South streets. The proposal includes excavation, granular backfill, hydrovac and more.
    •The council approved hiring Ryan Drake for the water tech/relief operator position. 
    •The council approved to post for the director of Parks and Recreation position. The position has been held by Brackett since 2016, however, he has also been holding dual roles since 2019 as the Parks and Recreation director and as the Carlyle city administrator.
    Carlyle City Council meetings are held the second and fourth Monday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Ethel Maddux Meeting Room at Case-Halstead Public Library in Carlyle.

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