CHICAGO HEIGHTS | The City Council on Monday approved a consulting agreement with Ketone Partners to allow the Chicago-based company to assist with the development and marketing of the city's industrial areas.
in an effort to boost development and marketing efforts for the city's industrial areas.
Mayor David Gonzalez said the partnership with Chicago-based Ketone will likely last about two years.
The city will pay Ketone $6,000 per month for the first three months, and $9,000 a month thereafter.
Gonzalez said the city needs to work with consultants to market its incentives to manufacturing companies in order to offset what he said are some of the highest tax rates in Cook County.
He said the city's high tax rates are mostly due to Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163.
"If we don't spend the money, they're not gonna come here and knock on the door," Gonzalez said.
The mayor said it is his understanding that no more than $50,000 a year had been spent on consultants prior to his administration.
"I'd expect to spend nearly $250,000 to $300,000 a year in economic development above what has been spent before," Gonzalez said.
Also, the City Council voted to accept a proposal from M&J Underground to make emergency sewer line repairs at 16th Street and Euclid Avenue and 16th Street and Ashland Avenue in the amount of $19,886.
Chief of Staff Lisa Aprati said the Monee-based company was the lowest bidder among four companies that submitted proposals.
"This work needs to be completed before the weather gets bad," Aprati said. "The estimated time to repair each location would be approximately two days."
In other city news, the annual Chicago Heights Veterans Day ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Veterans Mound, located at the intersection of U.S. 30 and Chicago Road.
In the case of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place across the street at the Chicago Heights Park District.