DANVILLE – Another of the city’s bridges needs repairs.

Members of the city council’s Public Works Committee this week will consider approving a $137,027 contract with Big O Services for Oregon Street Bridge repairs. Other bids came in from Stark Excavating at $171,573 and Halverson Construction at $230,885.

Danville Community Development Manager David Schnelle said it’s been determined joint repairs and concrete repairs are needed to the bridge carrying Oregon Street over the CSX railroad. Schnelle said there will be single-lane closures during the work which is expected to take about 45 working days, weather dependent. The city will pay for the work with motor fuel tax funds.

Also Tuesday, committee members will consider approving a contract not to exceed $114,852 with Sprague Lawn Care of Stateline, Ind., to mow 615 city-owned and non-city-owned lots.

The per lot and per cutting price is $24.90 for 335 city-owned lots and 280 privately-held, non-city-owned lots based on an average mowing of each property every four weeks during a 30-week period.

Funding comes from the city’s parks and public property department for maintenance of vacant lots and the new municipal electric fee.

Mayor Scott Eisenhauer said this is a savings of $5 per lot for the city-owned lots from last year. The city didn’t have a contract to mow non-city owned lots last year. Last year, aldermen approved a $42,754 contract with Sprague Lawn Care to mow 204 city-owned lots at a cost of $29.94 per lot.

Also Tuesday, committee members are expected to discuss capital equipment for Harrison Park Golf Course.

Eisenhauer said there’s 20-year-old equipment at the golf course that needs replaced, including lawn and greens mowers and bunker rakes. Instead of replacing some at a time with reserves, city officials are considering buying a package of equipment and taking out a five-year loan.

“The equipment has more shared use,” he said too, about being able to use the equipment at Danville Stadium and city parks.

Also Tuesday, committee members will consider:

• Approving an easement for a gas main relocation near English and Jackson streets as part of the roundabout.

• Authorizing filing of an eminent domain lawsuit regarding property rights necessary to complete the Campus Corridor Tax Increment Financing Redevelopment Project at 1824 E. Main St. City officials may file an eminent domain lawsuit regarding tearing down the American Inn motel property on East Main Street to construct a mini park that would have a trail head and green space.

Eisenhauer said a meeting between attorneys on both sides has been set for this week to continue discussions. The authorization would only be for if the city would need to file the lawsuit, he said.

• Authorizing certain expenditures from the Community Investment Fund which is for demolitions and storm water maintenance. Eisenhauer said the city has to spend money up front for about 17 demolitions and then get reimbursed with Illinois Housing Development Authority funding.

• Authorizing the vacation of an east/west alleyway near 2111 N. Washington Ave. for Susan and Philip Free Jr.

• Authorizing the filing of an application for assistance with the Federal Transit Administration for Danville Mass Transit.

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