The Commercial-News, Danville, IL


July 16, 2014

Hoopeston council OKs additional road work

HOOPESTON — Additional work was added to the Motor Fuel Tax road project due to the actual bid falling below the$150,000 approved earlier this year by the city council.

In addition to the road work on Main Street from the railroad tracks to Market Street and the sidewalk and curb in front of Craftsman Printing being redone, Alderman Randy Carter said the sidewalk and curb at the Christian Church will be redone and the alley behind Neal Tire from Bank Street to Market Street will receive a new look.

"We will still stay at $150,000," Carter said.

In other city council business, approval was unanimous for the prevailing wage ordinance, the city wage ordinance and the appropriation ordinance.

Mike Streff of Foth Infrastructure & Environment, LLC. gave an update on the water department project. Leander Construction Inc. of Peoria was concerned, Streff said, about the number of antenna on the elevated storage tank (water tower) and whether the antennas all work, and which antennas can be disconnected for maintenance of the tower.

Alderman Brandon Hamilton would have Scott Strawser contact Streff of any restrictions on the antennas.

Streff suggested the bell on top of the water tower be taken down and refurbished and displayed at City Hall as part of the city's history. The bell was supposedly from the old Clock Tower building that stood on the northeast corner of Main and Bank Streets until 1949 when it burned to the ground for the third and last time. The bell was at one time used as the fire bell.

• Learned Leander Construction Inc. has a new project manager for the water project. Megan Smith will head the project and has already set up a new schedule.

"We'll start to see more progress on the site," Streff said.

Mayor Bill Crusinberry commented the project was "a ways behind schedule."

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