Gibson City to seek bids on Wood Street storm-sewer project

GIBSON CITY — The city expects to advertise for bids on the Wood Street storm sewer separation project yet this month.

Superintendent Randy Stauffer said Monday night that the mild winter will allow work to start earlier than anticipated. The project is expected to take 30-60 days and will be supervised by Donahue and Associates of Champaign.

Alderman Scott Davis, who chairs the Street and Alley Committee, said he will call a meeting at a later date for the bid opening.

Another upcoming project already in the city’s budget is rebuilding the men’s restroom at the North Park. Stauffer said that the nice weather is giving city workers time to do the project rather than hiring a contractor.

A water main break early last week on the south end of town discolored water and caused many residents to call according to Alderman John Carlson, who heads the Water and Sewer Committee.

Stauffer said workers noticed the loss of water on Feb. 4, but it took until evening the next day (Feb 5) for the water leak to show on the surface.

Changes in temperature and electrical issues also hampered the situation, but clear water with good flow has been restored, Stauffer said.

Administrative Assistant Peg Stalter announced that a “small error” in the TIF 1 fund balance in the fiscal year 2011 audit caused both that year and the following year’s audit reports to be inaccurate.

She said auditor Carl Drake requested that council members return copies of any previous reports and revised copies will be provided.

Attorney Marc Miller reviewed agreements for council members to sign covering the tablets now in use. He emphasized the devices are city owned and members should have no expectation of privacy for any of the contents.

Miller also said any intentional damage would be members’ responsibility, and the devices are not to be used for any commercial purposes.

Barb Yergler, who chairs the Economic Development Committee, set a meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 25, preceding the next council meeting.

Members decided not to host next month’s meeting of the Central Illinois Municipal Officials Association. As part of the decision, Alderman Dean Kidd stated that a future date would be preferable. The city last hosted four years ago.

Nelda Jordan acted as mayor at Monday night’s meeting in the absence of Mayor Dan Dickey.

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