City officials approved moving forward on a Tax Increment Financing plan for Old U.S. Route 50, targeting the Topmost Development Corp. property — the former Schuette’s Market building — at the Breese City Council meeting on Oct. 1.
    The Breese Fire Protection District also requested TIF funds, an item that will be discussed in detail at the next city finance meeting.
    Both items were introduced by Ward 3 Alderman Timothy Schleper. 
    The council approved a pay estimate and final payment to Haier Plumbing of Okawville for $43,951.20 for the city’s east end lift station.
    In public safety, Ward 2 Alderman Bill Fischer proposed a special service area increase of 3.25 percent for 2020, which the council approved.
    In recreation news, Ward 1 Alderwoman Debbie Koetting reported that city ball fields have been closed for the season and city employees are preparing the parks for winter.
    It was also noted that Christmas decorations will soon be erected throughout town, and mayor Charlie Hilmes said that volunteers are welcome to help out.
    The Breese Junior Women’s Club’s Halloween parade is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. The event is free and the lineup begins at 12:45 p.m. with the parade starting at the Breese American Legion and ending at North Side Park.
    Kids’ activities that day are free after the parade until 3 p.m. There will be costume judging, cookie and pumpkin decorating, prizes, music and much more.
    Ward 1 Alderman Jason Davinroy noted that the city’s leaf dump will be open to the public from Oct. 19 through Dec. 22, with hours being noon to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays and Sundays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.
    The citywide cleanup will take place Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the street shed.
    In public works news, Ward 3 Alderman Kevin Timmermann noted that work is being done on drainage areas along Holy Cross Lane. 
    Timmermann also reminded the city council that a landlords’ rental meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 22 in the Breese Knights of Columbus hall basement regarding property rental inspections. 
    Police Sgt. Mark Berndsen is the acting police chief in the absence of chief Robert Fix, who is out on medical leave.
    Hilmes mentioned the Sept. 23 armed robbery of the Breese Moto Mart and the fact that two individuals have been arrested for the crime.
    FBI media representative Brad Ware on Sept. 30 reported that the bureau had two persons of interest in custody but had no additional information.
    Hilmes said that also brings up the need for businessmen and residents to realize such things can happen, and that the city needs to think of what they can do in the face of such incidents. He said business owners need to talk to their employees about what they should do if a robbery occurs at their establishment.
    Hilmes said the police department is available to discuss options with business owners as well to maintain their safety. He encouraged people to be prepared for such an event.
    The council voted to approve the minutes of the council meetings held on Sept. 3 and Sept. 17, and authorized the payment of bills submitted, and the city collector’s and treasurer’s reports from Sept. 17, and bills from Oct. 1.

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