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Niles officially resurrects CIC

NILES — The city’s Community Improvement Corporation, inactive since 2014 when the nonprofit failed to file a statement of continued existence, officially was brought back into being Wednesday night by city council ordinance.

The CIC was reactivated in June with a focus set on bringing business back downtown. Its next meeting, which Niles law director Phil Zuzulo said the CIC has been having monthly, will be open to the public.

The CIC consists of 15 trustees with at least two-fifths of the members made up of appointed elected officials. Councilman Barry Profato, the chairman of economic development, is automatically part of the board.

He said though the CIC has several components, it intends to focus on economic development.

The CIC is able to convey land and receive tax-deductible donations, and also opens doors for grant possibilities, said Mayor Steve Mientkiewicz.

In other business, council:

• Approved a $4,593 payment to Findlay Fire Equipment for emergency hydraulic repairs to the fire department tower;

• Approved the sale by internet auction on GovDeals.com of a water department 2000 International Pole Digger truck and a 2007 Chevy Impala;

• Amended health insurance for non-union, non-elected employees to include options for an eligible employee to contribute to the insurance coverage premium or select optional coverage for which the insurance premium will be paid entirely by the city;

• Had a first reading for phase three of the Park Place Villas project from developers Home and Land Developers, LLC.;

• Invited residents to an open house of the water treatment plant, where $35 million in renovations were recently completed, from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 26;

• Heard from Mientkiewicz that the roof replacement on the senior center is complete. The $17,000 project was paid for with an insurance claim when the roof began to leak.

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