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November 16, 2013

Masonic Temple addresses heating, cooling issues

DANVILLE — The days of the Masonic Temple being too hot inside the building for wedding receptions and other events should soon be going away.

Aldermen at Tuesday’s city council meeting will consider vacating an alleyway at 107 and 109 W. North St. for Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Bodies of the Valley of Danville for heating/air conditioning units at the Masonic Temple.

John Larson, executive secretary with the organization, said they’d like to put a condenser on the alley to address the heating and cooling issues with the old building.

City officials reassured neighbor Betty Byers, 119 N. Franklin St., there still will be traffic patterns allowed on the north side of the alley in the area of the former city parking deck.

Tax levy discussions also will continue Tuesday, with the levy being put on display until final action in December.

In other business, council members will consider:

Accepting a $48,600 Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation grant for solar energy panels at Danville Mass Transit’s new transfer zone building to be constructed at North and Hazel streets.

DMT director John Metzinger said the total cost of the project is $170,000. Federal grants will be used for the remaining costs. Construction could start next spring.

Purchasing a compact track loader with attachments for the streets division for $84,197 from Altorfer Inc. of Urbana. Funding comes from the capital improvements fund.

The new snow blower attachment will help with areas such as the new shared-use path on the new Fairchild Overpass to open next year and Memorial Bridge where the sidewalk is narrow, Public Works Director Doug Ahrens said.

Providing $15,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds for building materials and small equipment purchases for a Group Cares Workcamp event.

The Group Cares Workcamp, to be in the community next year, is a volunteer effort in which young people are assembled and carry out repairs and painting at no charge to low-income homeowners.

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