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February 12, 2014

Council continues budget talks

Alderman questions water company purchase

(Continued)

Some other changes with the budget have been made, such as reducing the animal control line item, with the intent to have environmental code enforcement take over some duties.

Ward 2 Alderman Rick Strebing also said he still wanted the city to look at the $20,000 in the budget for Downtown Danville, Inc.

Ward 5 Alderman Tom Stone asked city officials to look into the city acquiring the water company as a big source of revenue for the city and look at standardizing the location of street lights throughout the city and saving some money.

Stone said many municipalities own their own water distribution and supply.

“(Aqua) makes well in excess of $1 million in profits each year,” Stone said. “It’s been a cash cow everywhere you go.”

In other business Tuesday, the committee recommended:

Approving an engineering agreement for the Bowman Avenue reconstruction project. The city will appropriate $500,000 in motor fuel tax funds for the project.

The city requires material testing services for the project and the city will be required to match 20 percent of the construction cost of the project.

The agreement for professional services is with ERI of Savoy.

“We’re getting closer,” Urban Services Director David Schnelle said of the construction project. “We’re on target for an April letting.”

Construction then would start in the spring and be completed in one construction season.

This section involves reconstruction of the roadway, storm sewer, sidewalk, shared-use path and curb and gutter work from Crestview to Winter avenues.

The project is estimated at around $2.5 million.

Authorizing a budget amendment in the housing loan fund budget for a Vermilion County Community Development Corp. loan assisting Townway Place, LLC with repairs to housing units.

Also, a water line break caused damage at the city’s property at 2504 E. Main St. and the need to borrow funds from the housing loan fund is needed so the property can be repaired and ready for a prospective buyer.

Repairs are estimated at $6,688 and the cost of the furnace was $1,000. The entire loan of $7,688 will be repaid as soon as funds are received from the sale of the property.

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