The task of demolishing Allen Sanitarium has been officially assigned.
During Tuesday's Robinson City Council meeting, Alderman Jim McKinney announced the city received two bids for the derelict building, with about a $20,000 difference between them.
Upon his recommendation, the council approved accepting the bid of $64,000 from Midwest Solutions.
The city purchased the sanitarium in recent months from the previous owner with the intent of demolishing it. McKinney said a representative from Midwest said the demolition would begin shortly.
"He said hopefully as early as next week, but it is going to take some time," McKinney said.
Also at the meeting, it was announced that Robinson wastewater customers will find their bills increasing slightly starting next month.
Superintendent of Public Works Lawrence Quick said during the meeting that it was brought to his attention by City Treasurer Denise Jobe that the city's wastewater account was just "skimming by."
Jobe and Quick put their heads together to figure out a solution and Jobe presented three scenarios, one of which was approved by the council.
"The wastewater committee agreed on the middle one, which will generate an additional $139,068 per year," Quick said.
This will increase the minimum amount of payment needed from local residents and businesses. The minimum amount for residents will increase from $12 to $14, while commercial's $30 minimum will become $35 and industrial will go from $180 to $210 beginning in July.
Two other proposals by Quick were also approved by the council, including one involving a sewer relining program.
"We have an ongoing program for rehabilitation for older clay tile sanitary sewers, where we try to reline 1,000 feet per year," Quick said.
The council agreed to seek bids to continue the project by 10 a.m. July 3. The cost will be $45,000, which has been budgeted.
The other proposal was an agreement to have Birkey's perform their annual maintenance inspections of the city's end loader, backhoe and excavator at a cost not to exceed $3,547.
Meanwhile the council approved a bid of $65,530 for a retrofit of equipment and controls at the Lincoln Trail College lift station.
Parks and Recreation Superintendent Mike Shimer updated the council on the progress of the South Cross mini-park. Plans are underway to create the trolley structure for the entrance at the west end, which will also be used to house farmer's markets. Shimer also said that Robert Treece, the painter for the city's mural, is expected to begin his work soon.
"Treece will be coming soon when the concrete on the wall is dry," Shimer said. "He said it could take four to six weeks, but he'll have to prime coat it first."
A coat of primer is recommended for almost all painting projects, whether it's new drywall, old wood, bare metal, previously painted brick, or any other surface. Primer is essentially sticky, flat paint that is designed to adhere well and to provide a consistent base for topcoats of paint.
Shimer also pointed out that the camera outside the former Weber building is active and airing all activity at the park on YouTube. It can be found by entering Robinson Parks and Recreation in the YouTube search engine.
The city's member dues in the Greater Wabash Planning Commission are due, and Mayor Roger Pethel asked the council's permission to pay the owed $2,500.
Four tourism applications totaling $10,500 were approved. They include $5,000 for the Heath Harvest Festival, $1,000 for the Antique Tractor Show, $4,000 for the Crawford County Fest-of-Ale and $500 for the Crawford County Fair.
The council also approved the hiring of two part-time secretaries for the Robinson Police Department and Sarah Rynke for pool concessions.