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Moline Considers COVID Mitigation Grants

Moline may help its businesses hurt by the latest state-ordered shutdown during the pandemic. Tuesday night, the city council will consider approving a grant program for bars and restaurants that are now prohibited from serving any customers indoors.

Mayor Stephanie Acri wants to set aside a maximum of 300,000 dollars, with up to 5,000 dollars available for each bar and restaurant.

"What we're doing is trying to support them so that they are in a position that  they can close down temporarily or they can convert their business to curbside delivery or or at-home delivery."

And if the business complies with the state order prohibiting indoor service, she says it would not have to pay back the money to the city.

In a similar program several years ago, Moline gave mitigation grants to businesses affected by the new I-74 bridge and its many detours.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.