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November 21, 2018

2/15/2018 1:25:00 PM
City works with pottery owners on cleanup plan
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The Robinson City Council Tuesday paid $21,000 as part of an agreement to clean up the former Briggs pottery property.

During the last council meeting, the council approved a request from Randy and Tina Mikeworth to demolish and/or clean up the former manufacturing site between Reed Street and Hershey Chocolate.

During the same meeting, the council approved a redevelopment agreement with the Mikeworths to use industrial tax increment funding to help pay for the work.

City Treasurer Denise Jobe said Tuesday the Mikeworths gave the city a 12-week timeline for the project. She explained the city's payments for the work will be based percentage-wise on completion times.

"As part of the agreement, the city pledged to do a percentage based on their completion times," Jobe said. "Jeff (city engineer Jeff Hillard) went out there and believed that about 30 percent has been expended or completed."

The 30 percent completion from the past three to four weeks equals out to $21,000 in reimbursement expenses from the industrial TIF, Jobe said, while the total amount expended in labor, manpower and equipment is at $43,560.

No plans for what will replace the buildings when the project is done were revealed.

In other business, the council approved payments for bonds.

Jobe asked for the council's permission to pay $161,875 for the city's annual per bond ordinance payment for storm sewers for the fiscal year 2019. The council also approved a resolution payment of $435,467.50 for construction of the wastewater treatment facility plant.

Superintendent of Public Works Lawrence Quick had several items approved by the council Tuesday.

Since the repair of a backed up sewer under East Main last month, Quick said he had received a $3,237.50 bill from Holt Backhoe, who helped city workers repair the sewer.

Upcoming conferences had Quick asking the council's permission to send his employees. Three individuals, including Quick, will be attending the Illinois Wastewater Professionals Conference in Springfield April 16 to 18. Aldermen approved and agreed to pay $1,717.50 for the hotel, conference fees and meals. This was a budgeted item.

Two other public workers were approved to attend the Illinois River Water Association Conference Feb. 21 in Effingham. Quick's request for $390 total for both workers was accepted.

The council also approved sending Andy Elder to a conference in Effingham April 19, for a staff to supervisor transition.

Aldermen also approved paying $199 for the fees needed for this conference.

Another budgeted item brought up by Quick was approved.

"The city's backhoe truck is in need of a hydro-excavating retrofit for the vactor, which will help us be more readily able to hydro-excavate with the high-pressure wand," Quick said. The city will pay $5,000, including installation, to Coe Quip, Rochester, for the retrofit.

Two more budgeted items were approved by council. A total cost not to exceed $3,000 to Tri-State Bearing Co., Vincennes, Ind., was approved for rotor bearing.

Quick's request to re-hose the bucket truck's aerial lift was also approved. He said the lift is used to install Christmas lights, street lights and flags throughout the city, with the hose helping protect workers from electrocution.

The hose's installation has started breaking down and the city needs to replace it. The council agreed to hiew Drake-Skruggs Equipment in Decatur at a price not to exceed $10,000.

Payment of $9,980.32 to Temple Display Ltd. in Oswego, for Christmas decorations was approved.

Three donations were approved by council at request of Alderman John Birkofer. A total of $1,500 was approved for Crawford County Reserve Police, $1,000 was approved for the Crawford County Humane Society and $3,000 for the Crawford County Spay and Neuter Foundation.

Birkofer's request to enter into contract with Spyglass Telecom Expense Management Consulting was also approved. Birkofer said the company evaluates telecommunication charges and ensures they're no mistakes with payments.

The council also agreed to appoint Joe Davis to the Robinson Police Commission board. Davis will serve a three-year term. They also agreed to hire Logan Carr as a new WWTF employee.

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