ST. CHARLES – After hearing more details about the operations of a mosquito control company, the St. Charles City Council on Monday approved a pilot incentive program to draw the company’s headquarters to St. Charles.
The pilot program that was unanimously approved allows the city to spend up to $275,000 to Clarke Group, a company that will soon occupy space at 675 Sidwell Court. Through the pilot program, the city awards more money to the company if local residents are hired.
Lyell Clarke, CEO of Clarke Group, presented the council with a better picture of how the company operates. He said the company mostly does laboratory work, where they identify new formulas for mosquito control treatments. He said the company’s current labs include an “insectory” and larval testing.
Clarke told the council that the company adheres to strict Environmental Protection Agency rules and has not been cited by the EPA for any violations.
Mayor Ray Rogina noted that the pilot program offers extra monetary incentives if the company hires local interns, particularly those from North or East high schools. When he asked what interns might be doing, Clarke said they would likely contribute to researching, as well as applying mosquito control products to local “catch basins” or areas where mosquitoes breed, around the city.
In other business Monday, the council approved four of the mayor’s nominees to the newly formed liquor commission. Council members include 2nd Ward Alderman Rita Anne Payleitner and 5th Ward Alderman Maureen Lewis.
The two city residents include Charles A. Amenta II, who has lived in St. Charles for six years and Robert Gehm, who has lived in St. Charles for 23 years.
Rogina said both of the city residents applied to be 3rd Ward alderman when Rogina vacated the post to become mayor.
“Both are committed to the city and want to serve the city well,” he said.