CALUMET CITY | The City Council is expected Tuesday to approve the purchase of gift cards and turkeys so the mayor, city clerk and treasurer, along with all seven aldermen, can give them to residents in need for the Christmas holiday.
The measure on the agenda calls for the purchase of 100 gift cards valued at $250 each from the Sam’s Club warehouse store, along with 150 turkeys.
Each of the 10 elected officials will receive 10 gift cards and 15 turkeys they can distribute to local families in need, as they see fit.
The agenda indicates the shopping date for recipients is Dec. 20, and people will not be permitted to purchase alcoholic beverages or electronics with their gift cards.
In other business, the City Council authorized the city’s Board of Police & Fire Commissioners to hire a new police officer. A patrolman vacancy exists now due to a recent promotion of an officer to the rank of sergeant.
The council also referred to its Finance Committee two measures calling for aldermen to recommend approval of significant property tax breaks from Cook County government.
Kay Manufacturing at 602 State St. wants a Class 6b tax incentive, while Family Dollar store at 1775 Sibley Blvd. wants a Class 8 tax break.
The Cook County tax breaks are meant to encourage businesses to locate in otherwise vacant properties, and are capable of reducing the amount of property taxes paid by about half.
The Cook County Board gives final approval for the tax breaks, but the county will not do so unless municipal officials first offer their recommendation.