MATTOON, Ill. (WCIA) — The City of Mattoon is getting a new business and some new tech after its city council met Tuesday night.
The city voted to redistrict the area around the former Grand Park School from a single-home district to a general commercial district, allowing the owners of the former school to continue wit plan to open a doggie day care. The voted passed with four in favor and one abstaining.
The day care will be the first of its kind in the city. Mayor Rick Hall said not only will it help bring in more tax money, but it will make Mattoon more pet friendly.
“We want to welcome people with pets,” Hall said. “Pets do a lot of things for a lot of people. If you’ve ever had a pet, you know you get really attached to them. We just want to have a place for someone to take their dog if they take a trip or something and have a place like that that could serve the citizens of Mattoon.”
Hall said that having a more pet friendly community helps bring more people to live in the city.
The doggy day care wasn’t the only thing the city council voted on Tuesday night. They also voted unanimously to purchase 12 automated license plate readers for $69,000. The purchase will take place over the following two years.
Hall said the council got the idea after seeing how well the cameras worked in other cities, including Charleston and Decatur. The city will spend $69,000 over the next two years to purchase and install the cameras.