The Coal City Village Board discussed several topics at their meeting on Wednesday night.
The Finance Subcommittee met first at 6:00, mostly discussing a proposed voluntary retirement program for village employees. The program would give seasoned employees the opportunity to retire early in order to save the Village money in the long run.
Village Administrator Matt Fritz explained what the employees could gain by taking early retirement:
Mayor Terry Halliday and members of the board expressed reluctance to move forward with the program until more legal questions are answered. The motion was tabled for further review. During the main meeting starting at 7, board members discussed donating $5,000 to a group of Coal City residents who are attempting to form a park district.
The new district would be an independent taxing body, with its own levies and jurisdiction. Some members of the board hesitated on ok’ing the payment, saying that they were skeptical about whether the proposed government would get off the ground. Fritz told the board they could condition their donation on whether the proposed district receives other grants.
The motion to donate was tabled indefinitely for further review.