Members of the city council’s Public Works Committee face a full agenda at Tuesday night’s meeting.
Items for consideration by the committee will include a resolution allocating the city’s share of the cost for the proposed improvements to Maple, Pries and parts of May streets. The committee will consider approving $450,000 in motor fuel tax money as part of the city’s 50 percent required share of the project.
The city is using an Illinois Economic Development grant to cover the other half of the project cost.
Additional funds were included in the project cost to allow the city to also make improvements to Pries Street. While Pries Street was not included in the original plan, it was added in order to make use of construction crews and material already in the vicinity.
The project is a result of additional truck traffic at the Watchfire and Automation International facilities.
The committee also will consider a resolution setting aside $260,000 in motor fuel tax funds as the city’s share of the proposed shared use path along Fairchild and Jackson streets to connect the Fairchild overpass and Lincoln Park shared use paths.
The city has been awarded a $1.3 million grant from the Illinois Transportation Enhancement funds to go towards the proposed shared use path.
Committee members also will be asked to approve a contract with Knight and Associates Surveying LLC of Paris to perform surveying work for the proposed Danville High School shared use path. The amount of the contract is $10,519.
The committee also will consider a contract with Donald Archer of Oakwood to act as a professional land acquisition specialist for the purpose of acquiring right-of-way and easements for the Bowman Avenue project. The city plans to continue improvements on Bowman Avenue with the next phase of the project focusing on the section from Crestview to Winter Avenue. The contract with Archer is for $15,000.
In other committee action, members will:
- Be asked to approve the sale or scrapping of a 1992 Gillig Phantom bus for $2,000. Due to the age and condition of the vehicle, the bus is not marketable for its intended use. The bus will not be advertised and there will be no bidding. The city will not accept less than $2,000 for the bus, which is its scrap value.
The city also has several spare parts for the bus. Those will be offered to be sold with the bus or to other Illinois transit providers.
- Be asked to approve a resolution to allow the city to advertise certain vehicles and equipment for sale through eBay or trade equipment magazines. The equipment includes a 1998 International Harvester Vactor truck, 1992 Lee G440 Grader, 1981 John Deere end loader, 2005 Bacchus Model 14.28 windrow turner and a 2003 CUES transporter/winch sewer televising equipment.
- Be asked to approve the purchase of an emergency diesel generator for the public works facility on Voorhees Street. The sole bid was submitted by Cummins Crosspoint LLC of Normal for $79,180. The city feels the public works facility needs a back-up power source because it is deemed a critical facility for incident command center operations and as an emergency response center.
- Asked to consider a two-year agreement with Ameren Energy Marketing to provide electricity for city use at a cost of 4.395 cents per kilowatt hour.
- Be asked to approve a resolution to enter into a five-year agreement with Comcast to provide telephone and Internet services for the city. The cost to the city is $4,558 per month. The city currently uses AT&T for its telephone and internet service.
- Approve the acceptance of donated office furniture from Central Illinois Bank. The office furniture had been sitting in a warehouse and not being used. Downtown services superintendent Shelly Larson made an inquiry on the behalf of the city and Central Illinois Bank agreed to the donation. The equipment is in good shape and can be used in many city departments.