DANVILLE – The Danville City Council this week approved the purchase of additional right-of-way and easements for the Jackson Street shared-use path.
The future of the intersection at Jackson and Voorhees remains uncertain, but Danville Community Development Director David Schnelle says “the end result would be to align the legs of Jackson Street, north and south.”
Schnelle said the city has designed the intersection to stay an all-stop intersection or be changed to a roundabout. Intersection improvement costs estimated years ago were about $800,000.
The Danville High School shared-use path and Lincoln Park shared-use path extension will go north on Jackson from English to Voorhees streets.
“If there are monies available as we go through the final estimates and the bidding process, this sidewalk will wrap around Voorhees and connect to the sidewalk that we constructed on Voorhees back in 2010 that goes by the cemetery,” Schnelle said.
Ward 3 Alderman Sherry Pickering believes there are other sidewalks and projects the Community Development Block Grant funding can be used for.
Schnelle said there was an appraisal for 21 E. Voorhees St., but he did the others based on square footage prices they’ve been seeing in the area.
The council voted 9-2 to purchase right-of-way and easements for the Jackson Street shared-use path for $45,945 from First Financial Bank for 1023 and 1025 Jackson St., Lana Wildman for 1227 Jackson St., and Gary and Sherry Parrill for 21 E. Voorhees St.
Ward 7 Alderman Lloyd Randle said he thinks Danville District 118 can fiscally help more with some of these projects near the high school campus.
Mayor Scott Eisenhauer said “we feel that when it comes to infrastructure, that is certainly more of our expertise…”
There are other areas the school district participates in with the city, Eisenhauer added.
Also Tuesday, the council heard resident concerns about violence, street conditions and abandoned houses.
With summer approaching, abandoned houses are dangerous with people entering them, said resident Gloria Bolden.
In other business, the council approved:
-- Appropriating $400,000 in motor fuel tax funds for the Voorhees Street bridge replacement.
-- Waiving the bid process and authorizing up to a $46,000 payment to Owen’s Excavating and Trucking for Davis Street sanitary sewer improvements.
-- Applying for a state grant for a city freight study.
-- Authorizing vacation of an alleyway at 625 E. Williams St.
-- Amending the zoning ordinance and map to rezone 207 S. Bowman Avenue from I1 industrial to B3 highway business zoning for taxi cab business Mr. Taxi.