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February 21, 2019

1/24/2019 2:46:00 PM
City Council OKs government auction plans

Robinson City Council made short work of a small agenda at its Tuesday meeting.

Bill Burke of United Country Burke Auction and Realty announced his intention to have a government auction in Robinson.

"Robinson is the only town within 30 miles that has a government auction," Burke said.

A government auction sells goods confiscated by various government bodies and agencies. Types of items include cars and commercial vehicles, property, bankrupt stock, proceeds of crime, seized items and liquidated assets.

Burke said it is his goal to bring in the auction sometime in late May or early June. He is trying to bring in more agencies and bodies from Richland, Jasper and Clark counties.

Burke added his office will take care of the auction's advertisement at no expense to the city. The council approved the motion.

City Treasurer Denise Jobe asked and received permission from the council to approve a tax increment funding payment for PepsiCo. The amount is for $100,000 and will be spent from the city's industrial TIF.

Also Tuesday, two $250 anonymous donations for the Robinson Police Department were accepted.

Alderman Gene Sinclair said Chief Chad Weaver, who was absent from the meeting, will add the donations to the department's administrative fund.

Parks and Recreation Superintendent Mike Shimer said it is once again time to start seeking summer help for the city's parks and swimming pool. Shimer said the hirings would take place during the first meeting in March.

Superintendent of Public Works Lawrence Quick received permission from the council to attend the annual Illinois Wastewater Professionals Conference in Springfield Feb. 11 to 14.

The council approved sending Quick, Tom Hose and Dylan Dart of the city's wastewater department to the event at a cost of $1,717.50. That covers the price of the conference and a hotel.

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