Newton City Council voted Tuesday to subdivide land for a new hotel in town.

    The lot, at the corner of Illinois 33 and South Gregory Lane, will be divided into three separate lots. The hotel will occupy one lot on the northwest corner. Cobblestone Hotels is planning on building a 36-room luxury lodge on the property. It will be the first new hotel in Newton in decades.

    The council voted unanimously to approve the subdivision.

    ‘“They’re still hoping to break ground this month, so sharpen your shovels, gentleman,” said Newton Mayor Tom Bolander while addressing the council.

    Bolander said city committees have met in the past few weeks to continue planning for the hotel. The electricity committee determined that providing the groundwork to supply the hotel with power would cost around $40,000, not including the additional costs of two generators to provide power.

    Bolander said he has not spoken with Cobblestone employees but said local investors had met repeatedly with the company about plans for the hotel.

    Along with voting on subdividing the lot, council approved holiday bonuses for full- and part-time city employees. It also voted to provide more than $50,000 in reimbursements to Villas of Holly Brook.

    Also, the council discussed the closing of the Jasper County Community and Economic Development Cooperative in favor of the creation of a new co-op next week.

    Jackson Adams can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 131, or jackson.adams@effinghamdailynews.com.

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