Bid accepted for spray-patching of Gibson City streets

By ROSS BROWN
Ford County Record correspondent

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City Council members approved a bid for spray-patching of city streets at their meeting Monday night.

City Superintendent Randy Stauffer said he received two bids for the project. Project areas that are near the schools have to be completed by Aug. 1, with the remainder by Oct. 1. The city will supply rock. There are five blocks involved in the patching project.

The winning bid was awarded to AMZ Road Repair at $6 per gallon of oil, not to exceed $40,000 as budgeted.

Aldermen John Carlson and Dennis Pardick were absent from the meeting.

Other business
In other business:

— The council approved the costs for the replacement of the fence around the wastewater lift station in the Railside subdivision. Stauffer said the fence will be white vinyl at 5 feet or 6 feet high. Council members agreed that the 6-foot fence would provide more privacy. City code allows for a fence up to 7 feet tall. The bid was awarded to Main Street Construction of Mahomet in the amount not to exceed $6,330, with the money coming out of the TIF 2 fund.

— The council approved two requests for liquor licenses. The first was awarded to the Corn Belt Shrine Club for its Golf Cart Run on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 2 to 11 p.m. Shriner Harry Groom said there will be five stops in town during the event, with alcohol being sold inside the American Legion building but consumed in a beer tent outside. The council also approved the closing of 9th Street next to the American Legion for the event. The second liquor license was granted for the Harvest Fest event on Saturday, Oct. 8. Marc Petersen said a beer tent will be set up outside City Hall on 8th Street, with beer sales ending around midnight.

— The council approved an ordinance amending benefits for full-time, non-union city employees. Under the new negotiated agreement, employees will be receiving 20 hours of personal time off instead of 16 hours. Employees will also be given Veterans Day off.

— An amended ordinance for the enterprise zone that Gibson City is located in was approved. The enterprise zone is being done for the construction of the new Destihl Brewery in Bloomington.

— Alderman Barb Yergler said the North Park’s bathroom facilities need either a new floor or an industrial cleaning. Stauffer said the wood floor is covered with linoleum and may need either to be stripped or covered with a new floor.

— Police Chief Steve Cushman said he hopes to have any remaining issues with the security cameras in the city’s parks solved in the coming days. The cameras can be accessed on both computers and mobile devices.

— Stauffer said striping on the Lott Boulevard project is expected to be completed by the end of the week. As the street surface is not receiving any center striping, crews will be able to do some additional striping on 13th Street as there is money left over in the contract for that to happen. Alamo Group has requested that the city clean out the storm drains on its property. Stauffer said he will try to get it completed within a month.

— Alderman Jan Hall asked if the city had an official count regarding building permit applications. Stauffer said he had received three, all for residential construction in the Falcon Point subdivision.

— Gary Lutterbie said he hopes to finish the current work on the fishing pond by the end of this week.

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