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July 15, 2018

7/12/2018 11:06:00 AM
City to work on S. Cross; Fest of Ale planned
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Portions of South Cross Street will be resurfaced following action by the Robinson City Council Tuesday.

City Engineer Jeff Hillard received permission to advertise for bids as the street department intends to do work from Highsmith to Chaplin and Sycamore to Poplar.

Hillard said some construction was done in those areas 13 years ago, which explains why there is an uneven surface, with brick appearing in certain places. Some brick was removed when construction took place, leaving sand and rock backfill. But Hillard said it should work out smoothly.

"If it's done settling, hopefully when we smooth it out it will be all right," Hillard said.

Bids are to be submitted by 10 a.m. July 27.

Hillard also updated the council on Pepsi Mid-America construction. He said walls of the office building started coming up Tuesday, which should help the project move quickly now.

Parks and Recreation Superintendent Mike Shimer announced that plans are underway for the second annual Crawford County Fest of Ale.

This year's event will take place from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. A wide variety of craft beers created by area businesses will be sampled at the event.

Three musical acts are on board for the event, including Cosmic Situation, Zach Day and Travis Feaster. Shimer added plans for a barbecue rib cookoff are nearly in place.

Marathon Petroleum's annual free day at the pool will be Saturday, July 21. Also, the Ohio Valley Babe Ruth Tournament will return to Robinson July 26-29.

In other business, aldermen agreed to advertise for a pickup truck at the wastewater treatment facility after hearing a request from Superintendent of Public Works Lawrence Quick.

"We would like to trade a 2006 Chevy Colorado for a similar, mid-size truck, and have those bids returned by 10 a.m. July 20," Quick said.

Quick's request to award a bid for sewer relining was approved. Last month, he said the department had identified the worst 1,000 feet of sewer in the city and would like to reline them. The item was budgeted for $45,000, but a St. Louis company has accepted the bid at a cost of $38,413.60.

The council also accepted the retirement of Robinson Police Officer Bruce Felty.

Felty has served the department for 28 years and has been assigned mostly to midnight shifts in his tenure.

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