Quincy City Council Approves $455,000 for Airport Improvement to Benefit Knapheide Manufacturing – Muddy River News
QUINCY — The Quincy City Council voted unanimously to pay $455,000 from the city’s general fund for runway improvements near hangars at the Quincy Regional Airport owned by Knapheide Manufacturing.
The original proposal called for more than $800,000 in runway improvements to be paid for with American Relief Plan Act (ARPA) dollars. The City of Quincy will eventually receive approximately $5.4 million in federal funding to help it recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Alderman Mike Farha (R-4th Ward) said that since Knapheide employs over 2,000 people and has been based in Quincy for nearly 175 years, it’s not such a big ask. Knapheide is financing a large part of the airport project which concerns new and expanded hangars.
But Farha dropped the request to $455,000 by eliminating one of the project’s three phases.
Aldermen Jeff Bergman (R-2nd Ward) did not want to use federal relief funds for the project and asked if the money could come from the general fund. Bergman said he would like to see a list of other projects the city plans to use ARPA dollars for.
Mayor Mike Troup said it would be possible to pay for the improvements out of the general fund and Farha, who is the chairman of the city’s finance committee, agreed. Troup also said he would provide a list of potential ARPA-funded projects in the coming weeks.
Troup said Knapheide has more flights to and from the airport than commercial airlines.
In other news, a special permit for a gaming parlor at 1034 N. 4th died for lack of a second. John Schutte, who owns several bars and gambling halls in Quincy, had asked to file the application for 30 days due to neighbors’ concerns about the plan.
No councilor spoke about the issue or acted to pass the special permit. Schutte met with Bergman, as the location is in the 2nd Ward, with the goal of bringing the project back at a later date.
And Jason Priest, known for his appearances at city council meetings, his wigs, and his women’s attire and underwear, had another outburst that got him kicked out of the city council chambers…again.
Priest yelled at Troup, saying the mayor should be removed from office for several reasons and said “Jesus has 10 sticks of dynamite” for him.
Priest is charged with multiple misdemeanors and felonies and has been incarcerated in the Adams County Jail.
The court ordered Priest to take a mental fitness exam, which is expected to be completed by August 8, which is his next scheduled court date.
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