The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

October 16, 2012

Hoopeston council decides against helping property owner

BY CAROL HICKS
Commercial-News

HOOPESTON — Discussion of demolition of property and removal of debris was a hot topic Tuesday at the city council meeting.

A man requested assistance from the city to help move debris on his property after the demolition of a house. The question was raised "would this set a precedent for others to request assistance."

Alderman Randy Carter spoke to Wade Gockings, street and alley superintendent, of the possibility of helping the man, but both agreed that "It would open a can of worms with liability." Council members decided the potential liability for the city was too high.

In other council business:

Members approved unanimously to waive bidding on the purchase of a new ambulance and to approve a resolution to allow the mayor to enter into a purchase agreement with Life Star Rescue Inc. to purchase an ambulance not to exceed $130,000.

Unanimously approved the final payment to Dan Long and Cross Construction in the amount of $75,226. 92 for the water main project and the change order for the decrease of $16,759.12 from the original bill. Also approved was the final payment to the main street grant overseer for $3,000.

Discussed the Solicitors Ordinance hours further before it would be amended. Council members agreed solicitors should only be allowed to work before dusk and must have identification and credentials on them at all times. The ordinance would be on the next agenda in November.

Mayor Bill Crusinberry read a resignation letter from Alderman Ed Lotz, effective Nov. 1.

"I have served for eight years," said Lotz, "and feel it’s time to step down."

The Ward I seat will be declared vacant on Nov. 1st. During the next 30 days, anyone interested in this position should contact the mayor at City Hall. The replacement will finish Lotz’ two-year term.

Crusinberry announced again that election packets are available at the water department to fill four alderperson positions, the Mayor, city clerk and treasurer’s positions.

Learned trick-or-treating will be 5-8 p.m. Halloween night.

Learned the Fall Festival downtown, formerly Spooktacular, will be 5-7 p.m. Oct.. The streets will be closed for business trick-or-treating and special events downtown from Bank Street to Third Street.

What’s next

Hoopeston City Council members will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 due to the Nov. 6 election.