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City Approves Purchase of Lights for Football Field

Monday, October 07, 2019 - Posted 9:05:48 PM
The Minonk City Council approved spending $23,500 for 31 new light standards at the Fieldcrest football field in Veterans Park at their normal Monday night meeting. The Fieldcrest Board of Education approved spending $23,500 for safety upgrades to the field at their meeting on Sept. 25th.

In other business, the council approved the renting of space on the water tower to the Woodford County Sheriff Department for Public Safety Communication equipment. The rent is $2400 a year for a 6 year contract. The Sheriff's Department will take care of any installation and maintenance and will have their own backup generator for the equipment.

City Administrator Bill Moline gave an update on city projects listed below.
  • Piping being delivered tomorrow, so install starts tomorrow.
  • Someone coming tomorrow to teach the PW employees how to clean the Air Diffusers for the lagoons.
  • Budgeted Sand filter cleaning started last week
  • Costed a Hydra-Tech pump ($4,000) - current extra pump at 6th street we use having issues staying primed, it's 18 years old and we can no longer get parts for it. New pump runs off the skid loader and doesn't require as much OT for someone to stay and babysit during use.
  • Asked to communicate upcoming community events
  • "Medicare Matters & Beyond" - Thursday 10/10 at 1 p.m.
    Heritage Health invite to meet new administrator/food/live music/games/raffles/prizes on Sunday 10/26.


Pam Jolly: I'm curious, did they ask for bids on this job? Sometimes you get a more competitive price when the city, school, or anyone gets closed bids. That is a lot of money to be spending when the schools have so many other problems. Just my thoughts. Christine Cunningham: They did not have to bid it because the split the cost with the city keeping it under the threshold. They are taking the contractors word about it. There is one bank of lights that does definitely need repaired. I agree, a cost this large should have resulted in a comparison cost.
Barry Stech: Don't they have lights so tall and bright, that you can see from streator.... I don’t know.. maybe that's a different football field I'm thinking about
Amanda Greenland: They do have lights. That are minutes away from falling on a crowd of 100 people.
Krista Ruestman: Maybe they should use the money for the lights to fix the sewer system.