The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

August 21, 2013

Council OKs Vermilion Street work

City denies request for trailer usage

BY JENNIFER BAILEY jbailey@dancomnews.com
The Commercial-News

---- — DANVILLE — With a letter now in hand from Lowe’s officials agreeing to close Lowe’s current entryway from Vermilion Street, city council members Tuesday night approved a $509,009 contract with Duce Construction of Champaign to relocate one of Lowe’s entryways to line up with a new Meijer entryway on Vermilion Street.

City officials said they received the agreement letter last week.

The contract is for alignment work for the Lowe’s and Tractor Supply Co. entryways and demolition of the former Classy Critters building just south of Lowe’s.

Danville Urban Services Director David Schnelle estimates construction and demolition will start next month. There is a pre-construction meeting today.

“It’s all worked out,” Ward 7 Alderman Bill Black said.

The work is being paid by gas tax funds in addition to reimbursement from Meijer, Inc. of $276,206 for the base bid and $39,384 for additional alternative bid work.

The base bid improvements add a dedicated right turn lane for northbound Vermilion Street traffic into the Meijer and Tractor Supply entrance. This cost is being reimbursed by Meijer.

The removal of the structure, formerly Classy Critters, and site remediation and construction of a new commercial entrance at 3628 N. Vermilion St. is being paid for by the city.

The existing Lowe’s Vermilion Street entrance would be closed and relocated south to 3628 N. Vermilion St. New driveway pavement would be constructed to the existing Lowe’s parking lot so that the Meijer and Tractor Supply entrance aligns with the relocated Lowe’s entrance.

The alignment means a concrete barrier median will not be constructed on Vermilion Street near the new Meijer.

In other business, the council approved:

n Denying a special-use permit requested by James and Kelly J. Miller to allow a manufactured home to remain permanently at 22223 North 1525 East Road, north of the Danville Country Club, in the Rural Residential zoning district.

Ten residents, including former state Sen. Judy Myers who lives in that area, asked the council “to keep the beauty” of the residential and natural area and have the manufactured home removed.

The Millers applied for and received a special-use permit in March/April 2008 to place a manufactured home on the property while they worked to build a new permanent home on the property.

A condition was placed on that special-use permit that it would expire in five years, because the petitioner had indicated the new permanent house would be built in that timeframe.

Nothing had occurred in those five years.

n Two alley vacation requests: one for Watchfire Signs for an alley vacation adjacent to 1015 E. Maple St. and the second for a north-south alley between North Logan Avenue and Kimber Street adjacent to 412 N. Sheridan St. for Presence Hospitals PRV.

n A $53,369 engineering agreement with TREKK Design Group for analysis and a northwest pump station infiltration and inflow reduction plan. The city has determined the need to replace the pump station on the west side of Denmark Road. Funding is coming from the sanitary sewer fund.

n A $160,734 contract with RLI Insurance Co. for fleet liability insurance for Danville Mass Transit.

n A $25,000 agreement for professional engineering services for the H&L Landfill with Shaw Environmental, Inc.

n Prohibiting parking at various points along North Vermilion Street, related to the Vermilion Street roadway improvements north of the downtown.

n Purchasing right-of-way for the Lincoln Park shared-use path project.