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Mount Olive gets money toward rebuilding storm-damaged business district

MOUNT OLIVE – Critical funding for rebuilding efforts after destruction caused by a tornado last spring are on the way for the city of Mount Olive.

State Sen. Andy Manar, D–Bunker Hill, was joined by Adam Pollet, director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and Mount Olive Mayor John Skertich to announce a $198,000 grant for the demolition of three city-owned buildings in the business district that suffered damage.

“This project is possible because of the leadership of Mayor Skertich and local officials,” Manar said. “I am pleased that we were able to come together, advocate effectively for state resources and help the Mount Olive community take a positive step forward.”

The funds administered by DCEO will help demolish the three structures that have become a threat to public health and safety.

“When natural disasters strike, small communities can look to the state for financial assistance,” said Pollet. “The money we provide here will clear the way for economic renewal in Mount Olive.”

Skertich expressed gratitude on behalf of the city.

“Since the day after the tornado hit, we have had representatives from the state of Illinois in our community to assist us in the rebuilding process. This grant will benefit the citizens of Mount Olive and enable future economic development in the community,” Skertich said.

Funding for the project will come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as part of Illinois’ Community Development Assistance Program.


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