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January 5, 2014

Re-election decision to be made mid-year

Fairchild overpass, economic development top 2014 focuses

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In addition, the Fairchild Street over-pass project will be open to the public by June.

Urban Services Director David Schnelle is shooting for a Memorial Day opening to the public. Eisenhauer cautiously is saying June.

After the roadway is open to the public, remaining work is expected to include some landscaping and additional street work that will continue into July and August.

Bowman Avenue reconstruction, from Crestview Avenue at Holiday Hills to Winter Avenue is expected to start in the fall.

Other city projects for 2014 include the city’s new landscape waste recycling facility on the east end of Liberty Lane, the new downtown Danville Mass Transit facility, continued talks about animal control services, continued talks about diversifying public housing in the community and expediting more demolitions of dilapidated structures throughout the community.

Eisenhauer said the city is seeing the result of the 2008 housing crisis with foreclosures and some winding up on the demo list; and there have been more burned-out structures which are a danger to the public.

“We’ve seen a great appetite from the public for the dilapidated structures (to come down more quickly),” Eisenhauer said.

Eisenhauer said 2014 will be a “tough” budget year for the city.

There will be challenges to pay for $800,000 in Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund and Federal Insurance Contributions Act costs that were eliminated fully from the property tax and pay for other increasing costs and bills. Budget meetings will start in January.

“It will be a challenging budget process. We’ve got to continue to make long-term decisions,” Eisenhauer said.

Some initial decisions will be how to pay for two new fire trucks.

Eisenhauer said public safety costs and pensions remain concerns.

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