Robinson is now "the home of" another famous figure.
The city council Tuesday night voted to erect signs noting that Robinson is the hometown of NBA player Meyers Leonard. The three 3-by-6-foot reflective signs will be installed at the city-limit locations along with those that currently honor novelist James Jones and the 2010 Maroons state basketball championship. They cost $275 from T Graphics.
The signs honoring Jones were erected in May 2000.
Also at the meeting, the council approved more expenditures approved to upgrade, replace and improve equipment throughout the community.
The plan to install air conditioning at the Depot fitness center just became more expensive. The existing furnace was donated 15 years ago, and had been used for 15 years before that. The ductwork is also insufficient to support the new air conditioning unit the council approved in its last meeting.
It will now cost $9,580 for the new equipment, up from the $5,270 approved for the air conditioner but less than the $25,000 originally budgeted.
Alderman Russell Snider voted "no" on the new project. He and Alderman Troy Pinkston had voted against the initial purchase.
The public works department is looking for new doors to the salt bin. Two rolling doors need to be replaced, said Public Works Superintendent Lawrence Quick. One became so unsafe it was entirely removed, he said, and the other is not far behind.
Instead he wants Fiberglass doors with corrosion-resistant rails installed.
Bids are due at 10 a.m. July 19 at the Community Center.
Quick also asked the council to buy a hydraulic side boom mower. Mounted on the side of a loader, the mower will let his workers cut grass in ditches and the retention pond.
He said it will be safer, faster and eliminate the need to contract with the township for mowing. He asked that the council release $5,000 from the street budget and $800 from the wastewater treatment fund for the purchase. The contract with the township costs about $1,200 annually. The request was approved unanimously.
One other purchase has not gone as smoothly as hoped. No one bid on the work for the Washington Park clubhouse roof. The city will ask for estimates and begin to find a contractor.
The council approved the partial closure of West Locust Lane and North Franklin Street where they flank Silverthorne Chevrolet on Friday. The dealership is having a fundraiser for Katelynn Smith, who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. All the events will be on the grounds of the dealership, said Jake Baxter, but they requested the closures for traffic reasons.
Alton Hall at the community center will have a new air conditioner installed for $4,985. Crawford County Electric won the bid, in part because they offered a five-year warranty on the unit and one year on the parts and labor, said Alderman Karen Bowman. They were one of a field of six bidders.
In other business:
The council will have a special meeting 8 a.m. Friday to approve using $3,500 from the tourism fund to provide a half-off night on July 5 at the city Fourth of July Celebration.
The bridge projects saw several more payments. Allendale Gravel was paid $53,967.80 for construction work. Connor and Connor was paid $7,175.95 for inspection work.
Officer Chad Weaver of the police department will go to crash reconstruction training in Murfeesboro, Tenn., for $1,480. Alderman John Birkofer was absent from the meeting.
The home at 1803 W. Main was annexed into the city. The property is already bordered on three sides by land in the city limits.