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Quincy Riverfront Master Plan narrowly passes city council

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QUINCY (WGEM) — Quincy city leaders took a step towards developing the Riverfront Master Plan, but it didn't come without some push-back.

At Monday's city council meeting, the resolution up for a decision was the city committing $150,000 in TIF funds for the Riverfront Master Plan and to enter an intergovernmental agreement for the development of that master plan.

The intergovernmental agreement would be between the city, the county, and the Quincy Park District.

The master plan would extend from Broadway to Edgewater Park and from Third St. to the river.

Seven Quincy aldermen voted in favor of the resolution on Monday night. Seven aldermen voted against it.

Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore made the final decision to adopt the resolution.

"If you look at how we leverage state and federal dollars, you're going to get more dollars in if you have projects that are shovel ready," said Moore. "It really behooves us as a community to really paint a picture of how we want our community to look like in the next 5, 10 to 15 years but also have a price tag behind it so we can work with our state and federal representative so we can work on bringing more dollars back into our community."

Some of the reason for the push-back is because residents say they didn't have enough time or even a chance to look over the master plan and give their input.

Moore says residents have known about this. In fact, he says it was part of the Quincy NEXT Strategic Plan.

The Adams County Board will make a decision on this during their meeting on Tuesday. The park district will make a decision on Wednesday. If either one of those entities reject this intergovernmental agreement, it's back to the drawing board.

The master plan is set to cost $400,000 in total. $250,000 of that will come from the county in the form of state revolving loan funds. $150,000 from the city will come from the existing TIF funds.

Kaylee Pfeiferling

Multimedia Journalist

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