DANVILLE — City council members will consider approving a funding agreement Tuesday night with the Illinois Department of Transportation for the East Main Street corridor study.
The agreement is necessary, according to city officials, to access $64,000 in federal funds for the project.
Danville Area Transportation Study officials approved an East Main Street land-use corridor study last year. Aldermen in October approved a professional services agreement with consultant Lakota Group of Chicago for $69,751 for the study.
DATS Director Jaclyn Marganski said late last year the funding for the East Main Corridor Study was pulled by the Federal Highway Administration. DATS was working with the Illinois Department of Transportation and the FHWA to restructure a study to meet all needs and funding requirements.
The study is to identify issues and opportunities along the East Main Street corridor within the city and include an analysis of land use and redevelopment alternatives. The study will look at urban design, land use and zoning, traffic and circulation, housing and economic development opportunities.
The study area is along and adjacent to East Main Street from the intersection of East Main and the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks on the west to the intersection of East Main and Kansas Avenue on the east, representing a corridor about 2.6 miles in length.
The final phase of the East Main Street reconstruction project, from National Street just west of the Veteran Affairs Illiana Health Care System’s entrance east to Lick Creek is expected to be finished by the summer.
Also at Tuesday’s city council meeting, aldermen will consider approving additional engineering services for the H&L Landfill.
The city entered into a $25,000 agreement with CB&I Environmental and Infrastructure/Shaw Environmental for an engineering study and analysis of the landfill to determine if modifying the consent decree between the city and Illinois EPA is warranted.
According to the resolution, the findings thus far indicate the matter is worth further investigation, including ground water monitoring, reporting and sampling.
Therefore, additional funds are necessary for the professional services, in the amount of $5,292.
The work is being paid from the city’s landfill remediation fund.
Aldermen Tuesday also will continue proposed budget discussions for 2014-2015.
In other business, council members will consider:
n Approving an interim agreement for animal control services with Vermilion County.
n Reappointing Steve Sparrow and Terry Baldwin to the Vermilion County 911/Emergency Telephone System Board.
n Authorizing a budget amendment in the housing loan fund 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.
n Appropriating $500,000 in motor fuel tax funds and approving an engineering agreement with ERI of Savoy for the Bowman Avenue project. Urban Services Director David Schnelle said construction should begin in the spring.
This section involves reconstruction of the roadway, storm sewer, sidewalk, shared-use path and curb and gutter work from Crestview to Winter avenues.
COMING UP The Danville City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Robert E. Jones Municipal building, 17 W. Main St.