CITY OF LE ROY
SEPTEMBER 13, 2003 - SEPTEMBER 12, 2004
The City of Le Roy had an official population after the 2000 census of 3332.
With over 80 new housing starts in the past three-four years, the City is proceeding with a
special census. This new count will be conducted sometime in 2005. Early estimates
suggest that Le Roy’s population has grown by approximately 200 residents.
The following is a listing of all elected officials:
Mayor: Bob Rice 2005
Council Ward One: John Haney 2005
Council Ward One: Dawn Thompson 2007
Council Ward Two: Dave McClelland 2005
Council Ward Two: Theresa O’Hare 2007
Council Ward Three: Gary Koerner 2005
Council Ward Three: George Cook Jr. 2007
Council Ward Four: Jerry Henson 2007
Council Ward Four: T. A. Whitsitt 2005
City Clerk: Sue Marcum 2005
Treasurer: Teresa Miller 2005
T. A. Whitsitt took the seat held by Chad Farischon who relocated to Oklahoma.
The following changes took place over the past year in reference to personnel:
HIRED STARTING DATE POSITION
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Kevin Kahoun 10/27/2003 Code Compliance Officer
Joshua Lowe 12/01/2003 Laborer – Street Department
Nathan Wilkins 01/05/2004 Patrol Officer
Ralph Jungles Jr. 04/19/2004 Chief of Police
Job descriptions and pay scales have been established for all newly hired positions.
The City Council authorized the City Code to be made available on-line. Through
Sterling Codifiers, our complete city code is now available through the internet. There is
a link to the code on the City website (www.leroy.org).
STREETS- ALLEYS- SIDEWALKS
Motor Fuel Tax funds were utilized to resurface city streets totaling approximately $95,000. This includes 15 to 20 blocks of new asphalt. Since 1999, the
City has spent $440,000 and asphalted approximately 100 blocks.
The street department had Cherry Street milled in front of the post office. This
section was asphalted this summer. In addition, Oriole Drive in Golden Eagle, Elm
Street from Hemlock to Highway 150, and several individual blocks received new asphalt.
The 1978 bucket truck was traded in for a 1993 model bucket truck late last year that will extend to a working height of 55 feet. This addition will continue to enhance the
services that can be provided by our public works departments.
The City Council has directed the street department to begin restoring Chestnut Street. This is an eight block brick street. We will begin with the intersection of
Chestnut and Oak. All brick will be removed and cleaned, a concrete pad will be poured
and the brick will be re-laid.
An evaluation of all signs within the city has begun. New safety related signs have been installed around all parks and schools. Stop and yield signs will be evaluated
and installed next. Finally, street name signs will be upgraded. The new street signs will
be color coded to identify regular city streets, private drives and streets in unincorporated
Thanks to Adam Woelfle, Lester C. Wilson Park has a flag, flag pole and flower bed with a decorative brick base. The Kiwanis donated the materials and our parks
department built a new pavilion.
Brickyard Fields had its first soccer field completed in September of 2004. This
field is 90 X 150 and is located next to the parking lot. Initial work has been done on the
high school size baseball field.
The access road that leads to Howard Virgin Timber Park was repaired in the fall
Indoor batting cages were set up last winter by Howard Springer. This facility is being leased to Mr. Springer by the City and is open to the public. They are located at
the old Permabilt Facility located on North Hemlock.
A new basketball court has been built at Falcon Ridge Park.
A new sign has been installed at Kiwanis Park.
The community center was razed in 2004. The total cost to demolish the facility was approximately $25,000. The lot will be used for parking in the short term. Long
term plans include an expansion of City Hall to accommodate a new facility for the
police department and the building and zoning department.
The north side of water tower place was leased to Antiquity billiards in the summer of 2004. They will be paying $300 per month rent for the use of this facility to
accommodate storage of their extra inventory.
BUILDING & ZONING
The City hired a full time code compliance officer. He started in October of 2003. This position will be responsible for all building code and zoning enforcement.
Eventually, he will also take over all property management issues including dilapidated
buildings and demolition.
The following statistics reflect building permits issued for the past 2 year period:
September 2003 through August 2004
Description Total Amount
New housing starts = 22 = $ 2,748,119
New buildings = 28 = $ 6,946,204
House renovation = 21 = $ 243,400
Miscellaneous Projects = 42 = $ 636,052
GRAND TOTAL (ALL PROJECTS) 113 = $10,573,775
September 2002 through August 2003
Description Total Amount
New housing starts = 20 = $ 2,432,150
New buildings = 10 = $ 234,404
House renovation = 4 = $ 42,935
Miscellaneous Projects = 50 = $ 89,600
GRAND TOTAL (ALL PROJECTS) 84 = $ 2,799,089
Police Fleet of Vehicles
2002 Dodge Intrepid (Black & White) Unit 14
2001 Ford Crown Victoria (Black & White) Unit 12
2000 Ford Crown Victoria (White) Unit 13
1999 Ford Crown Victoria (Black & White) Unit 16
1996 Talon (Blue) Unit 15
Ralph Jungles Jr. was hired as Chief of Police in April of 2004. Chief Jungles came to Le Roy after serving for twenty-seven years with the Palos Hills police
department. He was the deputy chief of police for Palos Hills.
In addition, Nathan Wilkins was added to the staff in January of 2004. He is the fifth full time patrol officer. Nathan was hired utilizing COPS grant funds. The City will
be reimbursed for a percentage of Nathan’s payroll and benefit costs for his first three
years of employment.
8/03 – 07/04 08/02 – 07/03
Total Calls Responded to = 2,982 Not Available
Criminal Reports = 344 241
Reported Accidents = 59 50
Criminal Arrests = 94 91
Traffic Citations = 348 438
DUI Arrests = 19 Not Available
Alcohol Related Arrest = 13 Not Available
Drug Related Arrests = 26 Not Available
Written Warnings = 106 74
Ordinance Violations = 89 87
Officer Brian Taylor requested and was given a tobacco enforcement grant. Brian setup this program and used the funds to ensure that our local merchants are not selling
cigarettes to individuals who are underage.
Chief Jungles set up a traffic safety program funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation. During May, 2004 safety belt inspections were conducted throughout our
The City awarded the bid to build a new water treatment plant to Felmley-Dickerson for $2.4 million. The City has selected U S Filter equipment for the new one
million gallon per day plant. The new equipment will utilize a process called
microfiltration to treat the water. The construction is scheduled to culminate in
September, 2004. This project includes a 250,000 gallon clear well (in ground treated
water storage facility).
This project is nearing completion and will be on line very soon. The total actual cost of the project should remain at $2.4 million. $2 million in revenue bonds were
issued and will be paid over a ten-fifteen year period.
One block of water main was built from East Street to Pearl Street on Center.
This 6” main will be used to provide and/or improve service to all property owners in this
area. The total cost of this project was $12,000.
The final leg of the Golden Eagle sanitary sewer project was completed in the late fall of 2003. The entire subdivision has sanitary sewer service available.
A manhole project on Meadow Lane was also completed in the 2003-2004 year. This improvement was necessary to maintain existing sewer mains in the area. The cost
of this project was approximately $11,000.
The sewer department purchased a Kioti tractor for a total cost of $26,005.60. This tractor was purchased from Le Roy Farm and Lawn and will be financed at 0%
interest for 36 months.
The 1983 Vactor Truck was traded in the summer of 2004. A used 2001 model was acquired that the Town of Normal had recently traded. This vehicle will enhance the
City’s ability to maintain all sewer mains. This vehicle was purchased for a total cost
with trade of $162,000 and was acquired through a lease purchase agreement with Busey
Bank. This vehicle will be paid for in 48 months.
In 2004 the City Council increased sewer tap (connection) fees as follows:
Residential $ 100 $ 200
Commercial $ 200 $ 300
Industrial $ 400 $ 500
Closing of the landfill continues to be a drain on the refuse fund cash. Engineering costs over the past 12 months have exceeded $ 50,000. The expense of the
landfill includes site evaluation, new monitoring wells, pulling samples from the
monitoring wells for testing and evaluating the site to determine the extent of fill required
to complete the 2 foot cover requirement. The 2 foot cover project is scheduled for this
fall and winter. The City will continue to work toward an end to this problem. The
estimated cost to complete the closure plan is $350,000. The cash reserves in the refuse
fund totaling $100,000 have been depleted do to this project.
A new three year contract was signed with American Disposal to provide refuse pick up services for our community. This agreement was effective November 1, 2003
and will expire on October 31, 2006.
This contract increased rates as follows:
19% for 2003/04 4% for 2004/05 4% for 2005/06
BUDGET & FINANCE
The most recent tax levy (December 2003) for the City has lowered the rate of 66
cents per $100 of assessed valuation to 60 cents.
The City Council approved the 2004-2005 budget in April of 2004. The total
budget for the current fiscal year is $ 2,723,000 as opposed to last years budget of $4,800,
000. The large decrease is due to the water treatment plant project that was included in
last year’s budget.
State financial problems have had a significant impact on City funds.
The following revenue line items have been reduced by the State:
Revenue 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05
Photo processing tax $ 7,000 Eliminated Eliminated
Income & Replacement tax $ 211,663 $ 206,923 $ 220,000
Sales & Use Tax $ 192,226 $ 175,797 $ 216,000
In addition, the state is continuing to charge a fee for NPDES (Sewer Treatment
Plant) permits. This fee was implemented last year. The first year fee of $11,000 has
been reduced in the second year to $8,500.
The City has the following outstanding debt:
ISSUE DATE CURRENT DEBT TYPE OF DEBT TYPE OF BOND
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7/86 $ 74,000 Storm Sewer General Obligation
7/96 $ 555,000 Storm Sewer General Obligation
9/03 $2,069,000 Water Plant Alternate Revenue
With the addition of the water treatment plant, the City had increased total debt to
$2,885,000. The first payments were made on the water treatment plant revenue bonds
and the total debt has been reduced by $187,000. The following is the schedule to retire
7/86 General Obligation Bond Issue 2007
7/96 General Obligation Bond Issue 2011
9/03 Water Alternate Revenue Issue 2018
The following is the property tax history over the past six years:
Year Assessed Valuation Rate
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1998 29,370,150 .9753
1999 29,646,779 (+1%) .9756
2000 30,170,928 (+2%) .7596
2001 31,389,550 (+4%) .6810
2002 33,531,307 (+7%) .6493
2003 35,593,399 (+6%) .59865
A new fund was created (Enterprise Capital Replacement Fund) to accumulate capital for future enterprise fund (Water, Sewer & Refuse) projects. Each fund
transferred $10,000 to the new fund making a beginning balance of $30,000. Each year a
sum will be transferred from each enterprise fund to the Enterprise Capital Replacement
The Hotel/Motel Tax has been increased from 3% to 5%, with the increase becoming effective January 1, 2005. This will generate an additional $6,000 to $10,000
of revenue annually for tourism.
The City continues to sponsor a local website. Sharon Newton has been the City’s webmaster since October of 2003. The website can be found at www.leroy.org.
Last year the City joined forces with the University of Illinois Extension to
develop a strategic economic development plan for the City. This plan was developed
through the efforts of LPAC. Six committees were set up to target the following priority
areas within Le Roy. These areas are: housing, infrastructure, business development and
tourism, recreation, education and population and residential services. The new
comprehensive plan has been completed and various groups are working on
implementing plan concepts.
The City continues to manage its own local television access channel 13. Anyone
subscribing to cable TV through Mediacom may view the City’s local access channel
(Channel 13). Ads are being sold to local business with all not-for-profit groups being
allowed to advertise their upcoming events for free. This channel has been very popular.
Over the past year, the City has contributed between $20,000 and $25,000 to the Le Roy Emergency Ambulance Service to retire debt and to provide additional training
Two interstate billboards were installed this year. There is one on the east bound side and one on the west bound side of Interstate 74. They are bright yellow and draw
attention to the Le Roy exit. The billboards cost $6,000 each and were paid for as
follows: LPAC = $1,500; Chamber = $4,000; Downtown = $500; City = $6,000.
The first City newsletter was sent to all residents in the summer of 2004. Making this newsletter a quarterly or semi-annual mailing is being evaluated.
The City again had a very active year with economic development. The following projects are in various stages of completion:
Empire Capital made improvements to the building that houses “The Coop”. A
new roof was installed with TIF contributing $7,000 toward the project.
BroMenn has acquired property in Le Roy located at the intersection of
Bicentennial Drive and Chestnut. They are nearing completion of a four doctor physician
clinic. The facility will include a lab, a radiology department, physical therapy and
procedures rooms. The City approved TIF incentives totaling approximately $200,000.
The clinic will be open in October of 2004.
Mark & Wendy Bardwell purchased the Club Kid building located at 121 East
Center Street. They renovated the building and started a new business in April of 2004
called A Change of Pace. This is a woman’s fitness center The City approved a TIF
agreement and incentive of $ 15,000.
Minor repairs were made to the building that houses The Silly Goose and Ron
Scott’s Piano business. A TIF incentive of $2,500 assisted with the structural renovations.
Additional structural repairs are underway to improve the quality of this building.
The Rusty Hinge was given a TIF incentive package to assist with the growing of
their manufacturing concern located on the north side of the Falcon Ridge subdivision.
The Rusty Hinge group started a new retail store in the 100 block of east Center
called The Weathered Crow. This is an outlet for their manufacturing concern.
Old Bank Restaurant/Empire Capital was given a three year TIF incentive package. The restaurant opened in March of 2004.
Hanafin Enterprises was granted a new incentive for an addition to their existing
building to accommodate growth in the rental business. This incentive was completed in
August of 2004 with TIF incentives of approximately $17,000.
Hanafin Enterprises was also granted an incentive package to allow for the addition of Napa Auto Parts. The Napa stored opened in August of 2004 inside the
existing True Value Hardware Store. This project will include approximately $20,000 in
The Gift of Time is a new antique business that will be opening in the 100 block of East Center Street. The owners are Danny and Michele Martinez of Bloomington.
The City has pledged TIF funds to assist with structural improvements to their building.
They have a TIF agreement equaling $25,000.
Also in the 100 block of East Center Street, a new business has opened called Dream Catchers. This is several businesses in one facility. They have a double store
front with one side housing a deli and ice cream shop and the other offers DVD rentals
and a consignment business. Their upstairs business offers four tanning beds as well as a
manicurist. All of their operations were opened by the end of August, 2004. They have
received $35,000 in TIF incentives.
Marsha Ehlers owns a building in the 100 block of East Center that needed a new roof to remain viable. The City assisted through TIF and a new roof has been installed by
reimbursing $5,000 of the total cost of this project.
David Kraft, Susan Spaulding and Kris Spaulding acquired the Princess Theatre building and have converted the building back to a single screen theatre. City crews
assisted with the removal of all debris from the building. The owners invested over
$130,000 to completely remodel the facility. The theatre opened for the first time in over
20 years on August 6, 2004. Tax Increment Financing provided assistance with a
The City of Le Roy public works had a new water main installed to improve water quality. They also rebuilt the sidewalks around the theatre and redesigned the
parking to accommodate more vehicles. All costs associated with the Princess Theatre
development paid by the City came from TIF funds.
Falcon Ridge Phase III has been completed and lots are now available for sale. This phase has 40 lots all with City water and sewer and asphalt streets.
th Crumbaugh 6 addition has been completed and lots are now available for sale.
The phase has 20 lots all with City water and sewer and asphalt streets.
Bishop Estates has completed their first duplex and they are working on the
second. Bishop Estates is located south of the Christian Church at the end of East Street.
They are working on phase I which will allow for eight duplexes.
Economic Development: The City Council is considering a revolving loan fund that
will be substituted for the loss of the sales tax revenue source in the tax increment
Parks: The City is looking at expanding the Parks Department to include additional recreation opportunities.
The current project being evaluated in conjunction with the Le Roy School District and the Le Roy Park District is an indoor recreation center that would include a
gym, fitness and weight training, elevated walking track and an indoor swimming pool.
This facility could be built attached to the high school.
Refuse: Various options available to the City are being considered to expand and enhance local recycling. This includes looking at a drop off facility that would be
available more than just a few days per month. Another option being considered is door
to door recycling. This option would require additional fees.