Tilton Mayor David Phillips told village board members on Thursday night that he has been in contact with both Federal Highway Administration and Illinois Department of Transportation officials regarding the possibility of a truck stop being built on part of the former Central Foundry site.
According to Phillips, officials told him that traffic needs to be restricted in that area so G Street is the only street that has access to the interchange for Interstate 74.
Phillips said officials said the first step they would like to see would be a traffic count and study of the G Street area.
To that end, trustees awarded a contract to Foth Infrastructure and Environmental LLC of Champaign to conduct a traffic count and traffic study of G Street and the ramp areas to the interstate. The work is expected to be in the range of $12,000 to $15,000.
Trustees also approved a recommendation from the planning commission for changes in the zoning of mobile homes.
Ron Sbertoli, plan commission chairman, told the board that mobile homes are currently zoned R-4; however, the plan commission is proposing if a mobile home is removed from a property that is zoned R-4 and the lot remains empty for 30 days, the zoning will automatically revert to R-2 single-family residential classification.
The plan commission also proposes that when any mobile home is moved off its lot for any reason, it must be replaced with one with a manufacture date of less than 10 years. The commission also is proposing that a building permit must be obtained from the village hall before any mobile home can be brought into the village.
Also, all electrical, water and sewer connections must be done by licensed electricians and plumbers.
The recommendations will be sent to the village attorney so he can amend the current ordinance to include the changes.
In other board action, trustees:
- Approved the purchase of a new street sweeper from Standard Equipment of Chicago at a cost not to exceed $40,000.
- Approved the purchase of a 2013 Ford Explorer Police Pursuit vehicle from Landmark Ford of Springfield at a cost not to exceed $33,000.
- Approved payment of $12,000 to American Chevrolet of Tilton as part of its incentive program.
- Approved an ordinance vacating Monroe Street right of way, alley behind 1818 Adams St., Moore Street right of way and Grant Street right of way. All overhead and underground easements will remain in effect.
- Approved Bray, Drake, Liles and Richardson LLP of Champaign to do the annual audit at a cost of $12,250.
- Approved the annexation of 2409 Georgetown Road into the village. The request was made by the owners of the property, Bradley and Lisa Gross.
- Awarded the low bid for work on the Washington Avenue bridge over Grape Creek to Midwest Asphalt of Tilton for $27,822.
- Approved an agreement with Good Energy LP of Peoria to act as the village’s energy consultant.
- Approved the sale of a vacant lot at 1008 Central to Edward Ringler for $1,000. Will re-advertise the lot at 209 South L Street for sale with no minimum price.
- Granted permission to the mayor and village clerk to sign documents for the Shapland Subdivision I.
- Granted a variance for Alcorn Taxidermy Shop at 112 Second St. as recommended by the planning commission.