QUINCY, IL — The Quincy City Council weighed in on the future of the Quincy Barge Dock at Monday night’s meeting.
The council approved a resolution to lease the city dock to RM Leasing - with 11 yes votes, one present, and two absent.
Just last week, the Quincy Barge Dock Committee made that recommendation following a social media backlash.
That controversy started in January when the Barge Dock Committee was considering hiring Consolidated Grain and Barge to run the dock.
Alderman Paul Havermale asked about the process of going from one company to the next at Monday night’s meeting.
He learned that Consolidated Grain and Barge's proposal would charge local business four to five dollars more a ton for unloading.
"I think that drove a different discussion with the committee and that led us back to rethinking the lease completely and back to negotiating a new lease with RM Leasing,” said Chuck Bevelheimer Director of Planning and Development.
The Lease with RM Leasing is a 10-year contract, with two separate opt out options.