The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

March 9, 2013

DHS campus improvements on city agenda


DANVILLE — The city council’s Public Works Committee Tuesday night will consider approving Phase 1 work for the Danville High School campus improvement.

Aldermen also will consider approving an intergovernmental agreement with District 118 for the improvements.

The city received a grant for the DHS campus parking lot and multi-use field improvements. It also will use more than $570,000 in Tax Increment Financing or other funds on the DHS campus storm water improvements.

The $750,000 Illinois Environmental Protection Agency grant was for the design and construction of Phase 1 improvements at the DHS campus.

The reconstruction of the southern high school parking lot includes a green overflow parking area along Hazel Street that can be used as a practice field for marching band or other activities when not needed for parking.

The project will use environmentally-friendly pavements and landscaping to allow water to pass through them into a granular filter below that which cleans the water before releasing it back to the storm sewer system. The expected life-span for the parking lot work is 20-25 years.

Other work will include: new sidewalks, curbs and street drainage features.

Also Tuesday, the committee will review the 2013-2014 proposed city budget that would start May 1.

In other business, the committee will consider:

--Approving a lease agreement with Danville Stadium, Inc.

--Modifying paratransit trip fares for public transportation.

--Authorizing the filing of applications with the Federal Transit Administration for Federal Transportation Assistance.

--Vacating an alley adjacent to 1211 N. Vermilion St. for First Baptist Church.

Coming up

Members of the city council’s Public Works Committee will meet at 6 p.m.

Tuesday at the Robert E. Jones Municipal Building, 17 W. Main St. City council

members also will meet in a special budget study session at 10 a.m. today at city hall.