GRIGG STREET, SMOKING POLICY AND THE TIFF DISTRICT TOPICS AT CITY COUNCIL
Three big city projects took huge steps forward Tuesday night. The Illinois Department of Transportation Joint Agreement for the Federal Funding for the Grigg Street Project got Greenville City Council approval with the bid letting on the project possibly taking place in the November meeting. The special council meeting for September 26th should see the awarding of bids for work on Beaumont Avenue for that project to get underway in October. Tuesday night the council also passed a resolution for a loan from the General Fund to the Industrial Overpass Fund to allow design-engineering payments to be made.
In other action,City Manager Dave Willey told the council that he would have a city employee smoking policy ready for the October meeting. The policy will allow a time period so employees can adjust to the changes.
The council sent to the Planning Commission portions of the City Sign Ordinance to reconsider the ban on signs in the city. Lester Harnetiaux, representing the real estate agents, told the group that on certain streets the ordinance presents a hardship for homeowners selling property. Harnetiaux also told the council that he expected a lease to be signed for the old Ethan's Place Restaurant. He said there should be a new restaurant at that location very soon.
City Manager Willey told the Tiff district group that it would be a priority to find someone to pursue commercial development to take advantage of the Tiff; he suggested either a new city employee or a consultant for the job. The council adjourned into executive session to discuss personnel, pending litigation and the purchase of property.
NEW WATER AND SEWER RATES FOR MULBERRY GROVE
Mulberry Grove residents will see new rates for water and sewer service. The village board Wednesday night approved the new rates: $13.50 for the first 1,000 gallons of water used and $4.00 for each additional 1,000 gallons; $7.50 for the first 1,000 gallons of sewage and $4.75 for each additional 1,000 gallons. The surcharge for customers outside the village limits was increased to 35%. The board explained that the rate raises were necessary to cover for the increased water costs to Mulberry Grove. Water and sewer hookups will now cost $300 each. They had been $150 each.
Although they approved mandatory trash pickup by Doty Sanitation last month on a 3-1 vote, the issue was brought up again. Representatives from Stewart Sanitation were present with questions about the contract with Doty. A board member then made a motion to rescind last month's decision. The vote ended in a 3-3 tie. Mayor Jana Willis then called the village attorney to see if she would need to cast a vote to break the tie and if it were rescinded would new bids be required. While the mayor was on the phone, one of the Mulberry board members said he was changing his vote to no. This brought the conversation to a conclusion. It was noted that the village attorney would review the contract Doty Sanitation submits.
Mulberry Grove Animal Control Officer Gary Redfern's contract is up for renewal. Redfern says he will accept the conditions of the current contract, which pays $250 per month. The board decided to seek applications and bids for the service as they have not done this for awhile.