HOOPESTON — The second phase of redevelopment of the Illinois Route 1 and 9 corridor could begin as early as this summer, Mayor Bill Crusinberry reported Tuesday to city council members.

“All documents will be signed by the end of the month,” Crusinberry said, adding the Heritage Park subdivision engineering work was done by the Retirement Village and investors are still looking to build a motel this year west of Marathon.

Crusinberry said the city engineers updated him on the progress of the Casey’s and Subway projects, including obtaining the sewer permits necessary, permission to run a new main under the roadway on Route 1 and the new lift station.

Other projects coming are redoing the city parking lot, said Crusinberry, and the 2022 project to redo Thompson Avenue from the CSX Railroad to Seventh Street. This project, according to Crusinberry, will be 80 percent funded by the Federal Government.

“We’ve been setting aside funds for it, “Crusinberry said, to pay the city’s share of the project. He noted the road from CSX tracks on Thompson to Sixth Avenue is the county’s responsibility and Hoopeston will need to finish the road from Sixth Avenue to Route 1.

In other council business, Republic Services gave a short presentation and answered questions of residents about garbage pick up. Municipal Manager Tony Moore wanted customers to know the old phone number will not get answers. Residents should call (217) 554-7016 or 1-800-797-9097, which are the numbers listed on the City of Hoopeston web page under services.

Construction items, chairs and furniture should not be placed in the totes, he said and will not be picked up. These items go into the dumpster placed at City Hall twice a month.

Toby Wolfe said Republic will begin placing door hangers on totes explaining the reason they will not be picked up if items are placed in the totes that will damage the truck’s equipment.

Moore added any Hoopeston resident with a Hoopeston ID that brings a load to the landfill will get a special price of $53 per truckload.

The Police Committee discussed information regarding a canine unit for the city recently. More meetings were discussed to consider how to pay for the canine unit. A new unit, said Alderman Carl Ankenbrand, costs about $50,000 and $15,000 for six weeks training for the officer. More data research was suggested by Crusinberry. Also discussed was the purchase of a new squad. Funds are in the accrual fund for the squad.

The Street and Alley Department have taken down 80 dangerous trees and removed 78 stumps. More trees and stumps will be removed as weather permits. Alderman Jeff Wise said it is not the time of year for alley grading but if there is an issue to let the street and alley know about it, adding there are some issues that have cropped up at the city slab that needs to be addressed. The department will be looking to replace a worker and will advertise soon.

The new fire truck will arrive in July or August, according to Alderman Robin Lawson. The Annual Fire Department’s Cash Bash tickets are now on sale from any fireman.

Engineers are working with Steve Baker on the wastewater plant that has aging issues, said Crusinberry. Two pumps are 19 years old plus several other items are in need of repair or replacement.

It was also noted that a salesman came to a resident’s door for electric aggregation, talking him into changing to a higher priced one. Residents should be aware that door-to-door salesmen are not allowed in Hoopeston unless registering with the city first and a background check is made. This ordinance was passed two years ago. Residents do not have to talk to any salesman without identification from the city.

The Vermilion County clerk wants more election judges for the next election. Anyone interested should contact the Vermilon County clerk’s office to fill out an application and attend training.

The next Hoopeston Council meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 at City Hall.

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