DANVILLE – After aldermen approved a $6.2 million contract with Cross Construction for the northwest sanitary service area reconstruction in May, the project is being delayed.

The city council’s Public Works Committee next week will consider rejecting the contract for the improvements including new gravity sewer, force main, pump stations, a pipe/pedestrian bridge and bridge joint replacement. The improvements are to take place through Chateau Estates and along Old Ottawa and Denmark roads.

According to the city resolution, city officials have determined a delay in obtaining an Illinois Environmental Protection Agency State Revolving Fund loan for the project, which is causing the improvements to be postponed until the loan is fully procured. The improvements also will need to be re-bid.

The fiscal year 2019-2020 sewer fund and motor fuel tax fund budgets won't be amended yet for the work.

Also Tuesday, committee members will continue city employee residency requirement discussions.

Mayor Rickey Williams Jr. told aldermen last month he planned to take the issue to the public works committee one last time and then have a resolution after that for the full city council to act on.

The consensus of the city council’s Public Services Committee is to require city employees to live within five miles of the city’s limits. If the employee lives outside the city, he or she would then have to pay equivalent property taxes to the city as if their house was inside city limits.

The five-mile requirement would be less restrictive than the city now requiring all city non-union employees, with union contracts differing in requirements, to live within the city.

City officials have said it’s been more difficult to find engineers and to fill some other position openings. Some aldermen also have talked about requiring only department heads to live within the city.

“The only thing I think I could support in this is five miles at the most,” said Ward 1 Alderwoman Brenda Brown.

Ward 6 Alderman Steve Nichols said he thinks requiring city employees to pay the equivalent of the city's portion of the property tax, would make it more palpable to people.

“It’s not a ton of money … but it’s more kind of a symbolic, you know, way,” he said.

In other business Tuesday, the committee will consider:

• Authorizing a budget amendment in the Tax Increment Financing Downtown Fund budget to reimburse Matt Long for a $7,000 roof replacement at 136 N. Vermilion St.

• Authorizing establishment and distribution of corporate membership package funds to the Danville Tennis Center, Harrison Park Golf Course and city municipal pool.

• Authorizing lease of golf carts for Harrison Park Golf Course.

• Authorizing vacation of an east-west alleyway near 918 N. Walnut St. for Troy and Linda Shults. The request by the Shults before the city council failed last year. There was neighbor concern, including from Culligan Water, about usage of the alleyway.

• Approving vacation of street/alleyway for REG Danville, LLC.

Coming Up

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.