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Madison County enterprise zone expansion moves forward

EDWARDSVILLE – An expansion of Madison County’s Discovery Enterprise Zone to allow a number of development projects in Glen Carbon, Maryville, Troy, Collinsville and Highland was approved by the Madison County Board at Wednesday’s meeting.

The board approved a resolution supporting an amendment to the original ordinance creating the zone.

If approved by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the expansion will add approximately one-third square mile to the Enterprise Zone.

Madison County has four enterprise zones: Riverbend, Gateway, Southwestern and Discovery.

Enterprise zones offer incentives to developers, primarily in the form of property and sales tax incentives, investment tax credit, machinery and equipment sales tax exemptions, and a utility tax exemption. In general, Illinois counties use enterprise zones to encourage economic development and municipalities use tax increment financing districts. In some cases, those overlap.

Since 2018 all four of Madison County’s Enterprise Zones have been expanded.

In May 2021 the County Board approved an expansion of the Southwestern Enterprise Zone. The expansion included commercial property along Nameoki Road and land for a proposed new rail yard in Venice.

It also included residential development, something that has never been done with a Madison County enterprise zone before.

In 2019 the board approved the expansion of the Riverbend Enterprise Zone to include approximately 160 acres along Illinois Route 111, including St. Louis Regional Airport property.

In July 2018 the Gateway Enterprise Zone was expanded to includes several properties in Pontoon Beach.

The board took action on a number of issues, many relating to finance. Those included:

• Approved a $135,180 contract with Pyramid Electrical Contractors Inc. for the replacement of an intercom system at the Madison County Detention Home.

• Approved a contract not to exceed $212,904 with AAIC of Collinsville for architectural services for the construction of a Sally Port at the Madison County Jail.

• Approved a resolution setting the salary for the Madison County Sheriff. Recent regulation requires the sheriff’s salary be at least 80 percent of the state’s attorney’s salary, and will be two-thirds funded by the state. By law, elected officials’ salaries must be set at least $180 days before an election. A resolution authorizing compensation to the sheriff for supervisor of safety work was held until at least the next meeting.

• Approved a resolution allowing submission of the 2023 Illinois Home Energy Assistance Program grant application for approximately $2.75 million in state and federal money.

• Approved purchase of next generation firewall equipment for the IT department at a cost of $95,154.70. The sole bidder was Speedlink, a Brandenton, Florida-based company.

• Approved a $48,132.36 contract with Motorola Solutions for the purchase of a 911 console for a new dispatcher position at the Edwardsville Police Department; and an $183,151.57 contract with Tyler Technologies Inc. for renewal of the Madison County 911 New World computer aided dispatch system.

• Approved the purchase of vaccines from Sanofi Pasteur, of Chicago, with the cost not to exceed $70,000.

• Approved the purchase of CISCO networking equipment and installation from SecureData Technologies $78,068.


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