Neighborhood revitalization, sanitary sewers, and a bridge are focus of next Decatur City Council meeting
The city council will be discussing the purchase of vacant lots, the repair of a bridge, and the building of a new sanitary sewer during its next city council meeting on February 1 at 5:30 PM.
As part of the redevelopment agreement with InnovaFeed, the city agreed to construct a $1.25 million gravity sewer that connects the company’s manufacturing plant to the city’s wastewater collection system. At Monday’s meeting, the city will likely approve an agreement for $180,859 for engineering design services. Of note is the difference in cost between the agreement approved in December ($1.25 million) and the budget estimate that was presented to the council as part of its meeting packet ($2.9 million).
The city council is also likely to approve changes to its residential Overhead Sewer Program in order to reduce sanitary sewer overflows that take place on private property. Instead of the current 75% contribution, the council may approve providing a 100% contribution up to $10,000 to eligible private residences that are experiencing property damage due to sanitary sewer overflows caused by wet weather.
The Center Street Bridge over Stevens Creek will likely receive $1.3 million in repairs. The bridge has been in rapid decline since it was inspected in 2016. Based on the guidelines of the National Bridge Inspection system, the bridge is rated a “3” (Serious Condition) on a scale of 1-9.
Using funds received from the sale of side lots to adjacent property owners, the city council is likely to purchase 67 Macon County Trustee properties for a total of $10,050. Of the 67 properties, 29 have structures on them. Because the city has been maintaining these properties for many years, operationally the costs to the city will remain the same. However, some of the properties are in disrepair and by owning the properties, the city can expedite their demolition as necessary.
The city council is also likely to approve a $125,000 grant from the Illinois Housing Development Authority’s Strong Community Program for additional housing rehab and demolition near the Johns Hill neighborhood.
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