DANVILLE – Following the Housing Authority of the City of Danville’s board of commissioners approving the intergovernmental agreement in March, the Danville City Council’s Public Works Committee will act on the Fair Oaks housing complex demolition agreement next week.
The committee will consider approving an agreement for the city to demolish six buildings at Fair Oaks with the addresses of 940-956 Lewis Lane, 1639-1653 Fairchild Street, 900-918 Wakely Drive, 924-942 Wakely Drive, 901-919 Belton Drive and 922-940 Belton Drive.
The HACD will pay the city a cost not to exceed $110,000 for the demolitions, unless agreed to in writing by Mayor Rickey Williams Jr. and HACD Executive Director Jaclyn Vinson.
The HACD board voted 5-0, with commissioner Alicia Geddis abstaining and Norman Anglin being absent, in favor of the agreement.
Vinson has said she worked on the agreement with Williams.
In a memo to the HACD board, Vinson stated HACD staff has “worked with the city officials to create an intergovernmental agreement document to support the joint efforts to demolish substandard housing within the Fair Oaks Housing development. The HACD received approval from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to demolish six buildings, containing 57 units, within the Fair Oaks Housing development. In effort to utilize the agency’s limited capital fund dollars as efficiently as possible, the HACD contacted the City of Danville to work on a joint partnership for this demolition.”
The building demolitions are occurring to reduce the density at the city’s largest public housing complex to provide a better quality of life for the residents and decrease crime and other problems.
About 130 individuals were displaced with the demolition. About 20 percent stayed in the area, with about 80 percent leaving the area.
In another agreement with the housing authority, the Public Works Committee will consider vacating right-of-way, the curb to the opposite side of any sidewalk, along Fairchild and Fowler streets to the HACD.
The city would give the sidewalks at the Fair Oaks housing complex off East Fairchild Street to the housing authority with the city maintaining the easement rights.
Williams has talked about this step to try to decrease crime.
Groups loiter on the sidewalks, which are public property, and by making them private property then the housing authority could help move the persons along, Williams has said.
Also Tuesday, the committee will consider approving Community Development Block Grant program allocations as part of the annual action plan for the 2019-2020 program year.
Community Development Director David Schnelle said they’d gotten public comments and a couple more inquires on funding to make changes.
Changes from initially proposed allocations are an increase from $1,000 to $20,000 for accessibility modifications for one structure and $1,000 to $15,000 for homelessness building assistance.
“We have a couple projects in each of those that would spend this current year’s money and next year’s money,” Schnelle said.
Other allocations include: $175,873 for the Neighborhood Impact Program for roof replacements on 13 homes; $1,000 for economic development, $200,000 for demolitions/blight removal of around 18 structures; and $405,264 for public improvements and infrastructure such as storm sewer and sidewalks.
In other business, the committee will consider:
● Purchasing right-of-way and easements for the Fairchild and Hazel streets intersection work. The cost is $1 to District 118 for 823 N. Hazel, $1,000 to Gerald Sooley for 11 E. Fairchild and $300 to Lance Holecz for 101 E. Fairchild St. Outdated signal equipment and controls will be replaced, in addition to the intersection seeing improved turning movements and capacity, according to the resolution.
● Granting an easement to Ameren Illinois for $1 to relocate a portion of its overhead electric facilities over a portion of 21 E. Voorhees St. The relocation needs to occur as part of the Jackson Street shared-use path project, according to the city ordinance.
● Authorizing an agreement with FETCH Dog Park Group at Espensheid Park for a fenced site, parking area and well for potable drinking water.
● Authorizing acceptance of the $25,800 donation from Don and Deanna Witzel for police overtime hours.
● Purchasing three new police vehicles with $107,082 in Public Safety Building rebate and $38,403 from the city’s general fund reserve for the total vehicles purchase of $145,485.
● Authorizing a fire division budget amendment for Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant funds of $140,896 to offset budget overages in salary and overtime.
● Authorizing acceptance of a state grant for Ellsworth Park improvements.
● Authorizing budget amendments in the revolving loan fund, Tax Increment Financing West Gate fund and landfill remediation fund.
The Danville City Council’s Public Works Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Robert E. Jones Municipal Building, 17 W. Main St.