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November 16, 2012

Council considers sewer funding



  • Authorizing a one-year agreement for health insurance and an agreement extension for the flexible spending program.
  • Purchasing a mini hydraulic excavator for $49,019 from Birkey’s Construction Equipment of Urbana. Funds come from the city’s sewer enterprise fund.

Public Works Director Doug Ahrens said the equipment replaces a 17-year-old piece of equipment.

Ahrens added that having the city continue leasing the equipment isn’t advantageous to the city. Rental costs can add up to a fourth of the purchase price. A new mini excavator could cost $90,000.

Evaluations about the new equipment took about two years.

City officials say the mini excavator will provide more versatility and make smaller footprints on projects.

Ray Garcia, the city’s new superintendent of streets and sewers, said the equipment will be used for sewer and storm water issues, alleys, drainage work, sidewalk removals and other projects.

  • Purchasing properties through the Vermilion County Trustee for $16,617.

The city was successful on 19 bids at the county auction.

“We got all but three for the minimum bid,” said Mayor Scott Eisenhauer.

Sixteen properties were obtained with the lowest $646 bid price, such as property on Cherry, Junction, in the 100 block of Logan Avenue, and on Jackson Street.

The city purchased a property on Section Street for $4,585, and two properties off Fletcher Drive and North Bowman for $848 each.

Eisenhauer said the city purchased the Section Street property at a lower than expected price.

The city was outbid on a property on Texas, he added.

There is 60 days to complete the transactions, Eisenhauer said.

Funding for the properties comes from different funds including public works, tax increment financing and grant funding.

Projects for the 19 various properties include park extension, Collett Street extension, Main Street project and corridor, high school and Carver Park improvements.

  • Authorizing the sale of 805, 807 and 811 Hazel St. for $20,000 to Danville School District 118 for parking lot purposes.

Coming up

City council members will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Robert E. Jones Municipal Building, 17 W. Main St.

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