Council approves more bids for Millennia Park
The council approved another round of bids for construction of the Millenium Park north of town. The council
approved a contract to purchase fitness equipment for $6,050 from Reese Recreation, playground equipment and
safety surfacing from Recreation Concepts for $17,950, an outdoor skate park from Howard White & Associates for
$64,000, and an outdoor in-line hockey rink from Athletica for $50,700.
Alderman Bill Koos asked Farnsworth engineer Neil Finlen how the skate park would be used. Finlen said that kids
may use skateboards or bicycles in the skate park. Finlen said that most would probably use bicycles. He added
that determining a proper skate park was a very complicated procedure. He said the skate park will definitely
be state of the art. He also said that the Department of Natural Resources, who awarded the grant for the park,
stipulated that a skate park must be included in the design of the recreation park.
Sidewalk requirements waived in new subdivision
The council approved the waiving of the sidewalk provision in the new residential subdivision to be developed
adjacent to the new Millenium Park. The area will be between Lincoln and Johnson Streets north of Tenth Street.
A local group of businessmen called "Progress 2000" plans to sell lots in the subdivision. The group is willing to comply with all the subdivision
requirements including pavement and curbs and gutter, but because of the added cost and subsequent hardship to sell the
lots for the added costs, they wanted the provision for sidewalks to be removed. The presence of sidwalks would
hinder the use of heavy machinery during construction. Alderman Ron Redenius said that he didn't want people to
ask 50 years later why their subdivision doesn't have sidewalks. Mayor Spencer said that this waiver applies only
to this subdivision and not to all subdivisions. Alderman Bill Koos asked when and how sidewalks would be added to
the project. City Administrator Trent Smith said that the sidewalks could be added to a block after all lots
Westside Park pavilion progress
Westside Park pavilion committee member Dave Uphoff told the council that the pavilion location was staked out
and ready for construction. He said that Dick Davis would start digging the footings on Friday, June 20. Plans
are to pour the concrete for the footings on Tuesday, June 24, after consulting with Randy Kleen and Dave McBride who
is head of the local labor union. McBride said that he will provide laborers to help pour the footings. Mayor Spencer
said that Craig Meyer of Meyer-Jochums Insurance has not yet come up with a liability insurance policy that would
cover volunteer workers on the project. Spencer said that he did not want the project to proceed any further until
some type of liability insurance is secured by the pavilion committee. Uphoff said that he will check with some other
insurance companies to see if he could come up with a policy that would cover volunteers.
The council chose a gray brick color for use in reconstructing the retaining wall on the 300 block of Chestnut Street.
Illini Brick submitted the low bid to do the construction. The costs included $11,676 for the brick and $5,076
for other costs. The total cost is less than the $20,000 budgeted for the project.
The council approved the appointment of Justin Gales as a part time police officer for the city. Gales is already
enrolled in the PTI program and completed the firearms training program. He will start immediately.
Julie May has asked to be removed from the Planning and Zoning Board. Her term was to have expired in April, 2005.
City Administrator's comments
Well # 4 is on line. The City is now able to produce an additional 180 gallons of raw water per minute. More
importantly, the E.P.A. will not be concerned if the city has a problem with one of the other wells.
An advertisement has been placed to replace the third full time police officer. The deadline for applications
will be next Monday, June 23. The city is still looking for additional part time officers. Additional part time
officers will not increase the payroll but will give the present part time officers more time off.
The City Administrator thanked SMF Corporation for their donation of the steel used for the six new picnic tables
built by the public works department.