BY KIM LUTTRELL
Village trustees awarded two major road constructions bids Thursday night.
The first project is the East 14th Street Improvement Project, which will see the rebuilding of 14th Street from 1st Avenue to Greenwood Cemetery Road. This is Phase II of the 14th Street project.
The winning low bid was from Feutz Contractors Inc. of Paris for $2.3 million. Overall, there were five bidders on this project. Feutz’s bid came in just more than the engineer’s estimate of $2.19 million. The approximate completion date for this project is Nov. 30, 2014, with working stopping for the 2013-2014 winter season.
The second project awarded was for the planned road extension for the proposed new Chevrolet dealership construction. That project would see construction from 1st Avenue to 16th Street. Once again, Feutz Contractors Inc. was the low bidder at $776,987. There were five bidders for this project. The low bid was slightly higher than the engineer’s estimate of $692,247. The approximate completion date for this project will be Nov. 1.
The funding for these two projects come from the $15.29 million Tilton received from the Illinois Jobs Now program.
In other board action, trustees:
Approved applying a sealer to the 14th Street bridge to prevent damage from salt and calcium chloride applied in the winter. Stark Excavating will do the work for $20,620.
Approved 2013 MFT work of seal coating various streets. Daniel Ribbe Trucking was the low bidder at $27,686.
Voted to not sell a lot in the Southgate subdivision to Darrel Jacobs for the proposed, Dorothy Duensing Animal Rescue and Adoption Center. Jacobs spoke to the board last month at length on his proposal. Trustees felt the Paw-A-Day Inn and K-9 Suites was already located in that area and trustees didn’t want to see another animal shelter facility there. Board members favor more retail establishments in the area to increase the tax base.
Approved a liquor license for Ernie Trinkle to sell only rum made at his business, Bottoms Up Distillery. Trinkle operates the craft distillery on Hodge Street.
Approved having a new peddler’s ordinance drawn up. The new ordinance will limit door-to-door sales permits to two days from 9 a.m. 4 p.m. Also, each sales representative will pay a $35 fee. That fee can be waived for not-for-profit groups, at the mayor’s discretion.
Approved the installation of a concrete patio, new sidewalks and a handicap parking lot for the new park. Wade Anderson will be paid $10,900 for this work.
Learned the Tilton Redneck Games will be July 26-28.
Learned Tilton has been chosen by WCIA Channel 3 to be featured in its Our Town segment for the week of July 22-26. Segments on Tilton will be featured on WCIA throughout the week culminating with a live broadcast from Tilton on July 26 on its 4 p.m. CI Living program and during the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. news programs. The broadcasts will help kick off the start of the 2013 Redneck Games.
Approved three zoning changes as recommended by the planning commission. The first change requires modular homes to be placed facing the address street of the property; the second change states that no farm or exotic animals can be kept in the village and not closer than 150 feet to adjacent residences in the 1½ mile zoning limit outside the village and the third change gives guidelines on the number of parking spaces for businesses based on the square footage of the business and number of handicapped spaces required in ratio to the total number of parking spaces.
Beginning next month, Mayor David Phillips said village board members will meet in different areas of the village to encourage more public attendance at the meetings. The August meeting will be in the public works building located at 501 Mayfield Street.
Will limit future public comments to 15 minutes and all business proposals must go through committee before appearing before the full board.
The Tilton Village Board will meet at 6 p.m. Aug. 15 at the public works building, 501 Mayfield Street