Gibson City Council gives go-ahead to build assisted-living facility

GIBSON CITY — City council members unanimously approved four ordinances Monday that set the final stage for an assisted-living facility to begin construction on Gibson City’s north edge.

Explanations and discussions of the documents took place last week during a special city council meeting that followed a planning commission meeting (see sidebar). Attorney Tom Jacob of Bloomington, who handles tax-increment financing (TIF) development for the city, said there were few changes — just corrections of typos.

The council first approved a formal plat of the Railside 3 subdivision, which allows the easternmost lot to be sold by the current owners, Railside Farms LLC and OB LLC, to Phillips Warner Realty. The latter company is planning to build a 50-unit assisted-living facility on the site.

Next, the council approved a development agreement between those same three entities and the city. The agreement specifies what each entity will achieve and what they will receive in the way of infrastructure improvements within TIF District 2.

The third agreement is a second amendment to a redevelopment agreement between Railside Farms LLC and the city. Jacob said the document is a “bit awkward” but accomplishes tying existing development agreements to new. Exhibit B of the document will consist of the next document, a new development agreement between Phillips Warner and the city for the development of the assisted-living facility.

The fourth and final ordinance executes a subdivision agreement between the city and Phillips Warner Realty.

All that remains is for the two developers to close on the lot purchase by Phillips Warner. The private closing is set for 1 p.m. Wednesday. Mayor Dan Dickey believes that progress on the facility will move quickly now that all pieces are in place.

City garage bid approved
Overman Construction of Gibson City was the low bidder at  $18,900 for labor on a project that involves a teardown and major remake of the rear wall of the city’s  garage near city hall.

The higher of the only two bids received was from Pearson Construction, also of Gibson City, at $21,000.

City Superintendent Randy Stauffer said a previous quote on materials from Alexander Lumber Co. is for $13,000. Council members approved the project for an amount not to exceed $33,000.

Stauffer said nn insurance claim for $28,000 has been paid toward the total cost.

Additional costs for Wood Street project
Stauffer said an additional 1,000 square feet of brick must be lifted and re-laid — work that was not part of the original scope of work by city engineers before completing the sewer work on Wood Street.

Also, brick in the center turning radius of two intersections will be replaced by concrete due to either damage from a lightning strike (9th Street intersection) or to correct a large fall slope (13th Street intersection).

The combined cost of the two changes is estimated at $19,000. However, due to some unknowns, the council gave tentative approval for costs not to exceed $25,000.

Formal action will be taken at its next regular meeting on Sept. 9.

Stauffer said although this work is beyond the original bid, the total expense remains within budget. Alderwoman Jan Hall said the intersection work “makes good sense.”

Bricks will not be sold
After a discussion of selling the large, old paver bricks dug up during the Wood Street project for 50 cents each, council members took no action.

Members decided to keep the bricks for street repairs or other the projects in which the historic pavers would provide the right look.

Stauffer said many residents have inquired about purchasing the bricks. However, council members believe avoiding the high replacement cost outweighed the potential income or local demand for the brick.

Other business
In answer to a question from Alderman John Carlson, Stauffer said city crews “are looking” but have not found the culprit yet to fairly widespread rust in city water.

Stauffer said he believes the problem is a sudden demand for watering lawns that is stirring up rust from older cast-iron mains.

Also, the council granted a request to waive about $52 in building permit fees for the Presbyterian Church’s new fence. Church member Jean Williams said the fence on the church’s west side is necessary to host Head Start, which she said is now a mission project of the church.

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