QUINCY–February 13, 2017, Quincy City Council approved the resolution to spend just over $1 million for maintenance of streets and highways by municipality using Motor Fuel Tax Funds, from May 1, 2017, to April 30, 2018.
According to City Engineer Jeffrey Conte, the road work will start in April once the final list of projects is complete.
“The bigger projects are already in the capital plan, there may be some smaller changes needed on a few resurfacing projects that don’t take a lot of work, but our goal is to get all the work done as soon as we can get going,” Conte said.
The proclamation was needed so the state of Illinois will release the money for the city’s next fiscal year, which starts in May.
The main projects include repairs to Maine Street from 12th to 14th, York Street from Front to 2nd and RJ Peters Drive from Gardner Expressway to 8th Street. Alderman Mike Farha, R-4, feels the repairs are long overdue.
“There’s no way we can walk away from it, it’s an obligation, it’s a well over 200 year obligation,” Farha said.
Alderman also approved several other motions on their agenda.
A motion was granted to Advocacy Network of Children requesting permission to hold their third annual “Koins for Kids” at 18th and State St. on April 10, 2017, in honor of Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month.
A motion was granted to GPS Ministries, INC. for permission to stand at the intersection of 18th and State St.on May 20, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to collect money for their food pantry and general fund.
A motion was granted to Madonna House for permission to stand at the intersections of 18th and State St.and 24th and Harrison St. to collect change for a fundraiser.
A motion was granted to Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association requesting permission to conduct a raffle and have the bond requirement waived from Feb. 14, 2017, through April 29, 2017.
The annual sales tax report for November 2016 was received and filed in the amount of $827,835.40.
The City Council approved the resolution recommended by Fire Aldermanic Committee and Fire Chief for the contract with Sentinel Emergency Solutions in the amount of $7,947.28 to perform necessary service work and provide parts needed for Self Contained Breathing Apparatuses.
Council members also approved the resolution recommended by Utilities and Engineering Director and Utilities Committee and Central Services Committee to purchase a 2017 Ford F-350 4×4 Regular Cab truck from Bob Ridings Fleet Sales, Taylorville, IL, in the amount of $47,584.
The City Council approved a resolution to purchase training equipment and software held at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco, GA, with the recommendation from the Chief of Police and Police Aldermanic Committee in the amount of $8,620.
City Council approved the resolution of an agreement between Utilities and Engineering Director, Central Services Committee and Housby Auction, Des Moines, IA, for on-line auction services of unused vehicles and equipment. A prep fee per auction item and a percentage of the sales will be charged.
Some concerns were raised by Alderman Paul Havermale, R-3, regarding this agreement.
“Are we looking for new ways to do things? Are we staying on the correct path,” Havermale said.
“We are always looking for new ways to save the city money,” Conte said.
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