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May 22, 2018

5/11/2018 11:00:00 AM
City to sue owners of 3 condemned properties
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After not hearing from the owners of three condemned properties, Robinson officials have decided to move forward with a lawsuit.

Alderman Jim McKinney and City Attorney Frank Weber told the Robinson City Council Tuesday the owners of properties at 106 S. Roosevelt, 1109 S. Jones and 111 W. Highland have not contacted the city in the last 60 days.

"We're ready to go [with a lawsuit] on all three," Weber said. "I'm just hoping they would save us the expense of having to go through the court proceedings."

The council first approved these properties for condemnation Feb. 26.

Two of the property owners attended that meeting and said they would comply with the council's demands to keep in touch with them. They also agreed to forward plans for the properties and requested dumpsters for the sites.

Weber said the dumpsters were delivered but not put to use.

"At least one of them has been picked up again on Highland Avenue," Weber said. "I though we had an understanding with them and they were going to demolish them themselves."

Several items for the Robinson Police Department were also approved at the meeting.

Chief Chad Weaver announced that Sgt. Dave Marqua has announced his retirement effective in early June. This leaves a vacancy for that rank in the department.

With the council's permission, Weaver and Robinson Police Commission's request to promote Officer Dan Strauch to sergeant was approved. Filling in Strauch's position as a patrolman will be Officer Jacob Leake.

The department's other requests for five other items was approved by the council. Alderman Gene Sinclair, on their behalf, was granted permission to solicit bids for a patrol squad car by 10 a.m. May 18. They also received permission to purchase two dash-mounted radar units from Stalker Radar. The cost is not to exceed $2,600.

Computer systems for the cars, including docking stations, printers and laptops were also approved. The department is expected to purchase two of these items from Tri-Electronics at a total maximum cost of $7,800.

Another item approved was the department's ILETSB squad car camera grant. Chief Weaver said the grant is up to $19,800, and the council authorized buying squad car cameras with grant money.

Parks and Recreation Superintendent Mike Shimer informed the council the eastern portion of the asphalt walkway near the tennis courts at Washington Park needs repair.

"It's approximately 2,100 linear feet of asphalt walkway," Shimer said. "With 2 1/2 inches deep and 6 1/2 feet on the average width."

Shimer added that a portion of the walkway would be overlaid and the other partially removed. The council called for bids that will be opened at 10 a.m. May 21.

Shimer's other requests to purchase a Toro Workman water cart with a skid sprayer and hand wand were approved at a cost of $8,500 from MTI Distributing, Berkley, Mo. A mower was also approved for purchase for $9,839.

Park activity will be picking up this month, so Shimer granted $600 petty cash for various stands at the park and pool. The pool is expected to open Saturday, May 26.

The council also gave permission to Superintendent of Public Works Lawrence Quick to seek bids for a screw press auger and a 2018 one-ton dump truck by noon May 18. They also agreed to reimburse Mitchell Backhoe for $1,462 for a recent emergency dig on West Locust.

Alderman Jim McKinney announced the demolition of the old Briggs property is complete. Quick and City Engineer Jeff Hillard inspected the area on Friday and concluded that Randy Mikeworth, who headed the project, was finished.

"Randy did a heck of a job," McKinney said. McKinney asked for the council to reimburse Mikeworth for $17,500, which was due when the project was 100 percent complete.

In other business, aldermen:

• Heard from Hillard digging for the Pepsi Mid-America building has begun and will finish this week.

• Hired Taylor Pinkston for a full-time street department position.

• Paid an invoice to Spyglass for a review of the city's Internet and phone systems.

• Approved the annual prevailing wage rate ordinance.

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