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Council allocates more funding for street maintenance

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 16th, 2013

MENDOTA Awarding bids, adopting ordinances and extending the summer street maintenance program were all items handled by the Mendota City Council at its July 15 regular meeting. Only four aldermen were present, so Mayor David Boelk became a voting member of the council when needed.

Under business from Alderman Walt Weiland's report, the council received five bids for the CVS water main project, and the low bid of $147,044 was awarded to Gensini Excavating of Hennepin. The bid was $3,000 under the engineer's estimate. The water main will go from Route 251 east down Susanna Street.

In action from Alderman Bill Hunt's report, the council approved the annual Appropriations Ordinance in the amount of $15,835,570, a 7.5 percent increase from last year. Hunt said the increase is mainly due to increased insurance costs.

In an insurance-related matter, Hunt said he attended a meeting of the Illinois Municipal Insurance Cooperative where municipalities pool their resources in an attempt to lower insurance costs. Hunt said the meeting was preliminary and more information will be gathered in the future and shared with fellow council members.

During Alderman Paul Norris's report, the council approved adding $140,000 to the 2013 street, alley and parking lot maintenance program to do additional work this summer. The city already has the finances from a 2012 bond fund and will not have to borrow any money for this street maintenance addition.

For the complete article see the 07-17-2013 issue.

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