The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

May 12, 2013

Steel Grip seeks city’s help with move


DANVILLE — Members of the Danville City Council Public Works Committee will be asked Tuesday to approve a redevelopment agreement with Steel Grip Inc. for property located at 1501 E. Voorhees Street.

The agreement calls for certain redevelopment costs to be incurred by Steel Grip to be reimbursed from the East Voorhees Tax Increment Financing District funds.

According to terms of the agreement, Steel Grip will pay $600,000 for the property and will be eligible for up to $250,000 in redevelopment costs in relocating operations to the site.

Under terms of the agreement, the company must begin operations at the plant within six months after acquiring the property.

The $250,000 in redevelopment costs will come from the East Voorhees Redevelopment TIF district and no city funds will be used for the redevelopment.

Steel Grip is located at 700 Garfield St. and has two manufacturing locations in Danville as well as facilities in Covington, Ind., and Kingman, Ind.

According to its website, the company manufactures more than 3,000 safety apparel items and all of its products are manufactured in the United States.

The building at 1501 E. Voorhees Street was the former site of the Smurfit Stone Container Corp. and most recently was used as warehouse space by Dawson Logistics. The 52,940 square-foot building sits on 9,88 acres of land.

Also on Tuesday night, committee members will be asked to approve the purchase of new fareboxes and revenue collection equipment for the Danville Mass Transit. The contract with GFI Genfare is for $328,111.

The new system will equip all city buses with electronic fare collection equipment that will allow for payment by magnetically encoded passes, tickets and smart cards. This will make fare payment more efficient, accurate and will increase security of collected revenues.

Funds for the purchase of the new fareboxes will come from grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration and the State of Illinois Toll Revenue funds.

The DMT also will offer new payment options, in particular one-day and 31-day bus passes. One-day bus passes, which allow the purchaser to ride unlimited times in one day, will be $2.50 with 31-day bus passes, which allow for unlimited rides in a 31 day period, will be $36.

The committee will also be asked to approve a cooperative agreement with Eastern Illinois University to have its Geographic Information Services Lab to provide expertise, specialized equipment and student participation in integrating sanitary sewer inspection videos into the city’s GIS infrastructure database system. The city will pay EIU $38,151 during the next three years as part of the agreement.

In other matters, committee members will be asked to:

Approve the sale of a vacant lot at 622 S. 4th Avenue to Ron Greazer for $800. The city owns the lot, however Greazor has been maintaining the lot for several years.

Approve the vacation of an alley between 213 W. Harrison Street and 208/210 W. Madison St. as requested by Gene and Carolyn Wands. The Wandses own all the property abutting the alley and want to use the alley as yard for the property they are restoring at 213 W. Harrison St. The Wandses have maintained the alley since 2001, and have agreed to pay $1,031 for the alley.

Approve the awarding of the bid for the 2013 seal coating program to Daniel Ribbe Trucking of Tilton for $129,599.

Approve the awarding of the bid for the 2013 microsurfacing program to AC Pavement Striping Company of Elgin for $127,407.

Approve a contract for various sanitary sewer repairs to Duce Construction Co. of Champaign for $98,426.

Approve an agreement with Illinois Department of Transportation for roadway improvements on Maple and May streets.

Approve the grant application seeking U.S. Department of Transportation ARRA "Tiger" funds for engineering, land acquisition and construction work on Phase II of the Danville High School campus pedestrian and traffic plan, intersection improvements at Jackson and English and Jackson and Voorhees Streets. The grant application also will seek funds for the realignment of Jackson Street between Voorhees and Newell to construct traffic calming measures to reduce speed and improve safety.

Approve engineering service agreement with Fehr Graham of Rochelle not to exceed $75,000 for engineering costs on Phase I of the DHS Campus Improvement plan.

Approve another engineering services agreement with Fehr Graham for providing engineering services associated with the Fairchild Street overpass. This agreement is not to exceed $150,000.

Approve several PRIDE agreements with various organizations throughout the city.

What’s next

Danville City Council’s Public Works Committee members will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Robert E. Jones Municipal Building, 17 W. Main Street. The full city council will meet at 6 p.m. May 21 in the municipal building.