City expected to receive SAFER grant


Urbana City Council, during its meeting today in municipal court chambers, will be presented with a request to suspend the three-readings rule and pass on emergency basis a resolution authorizing the director of administration and/or fire chief to accept, on behalf of the city, a Staffing For Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

While no official announcement concerning the grant has been made public by federal, state or local officials, the proposed resolution does mention the grant will be awarded to the city in the amount of $305,232.

The resolution goes on to state the SAFER grant may be used to hire or retain personnel to ensure the Urbana Fire Division has adequate resources to respond and safely perform its duties.

Also during the meeting, council will hear the third reading of an ordinance to accept the annexation of the Dollar Tree property on East U.S. Route 36 into the city and a second reading of an ordinance establishing the compensation of future elected city officials.

Board of Control

The administration will recommend council authorize two separate purchase orders pertaining to work on city roadways.

The first item involves a purchase order to Strawser Construction in the amount of $79,791.22 for crack sealing, chip sealing and microsurfacing on North Jefferson Avenue and crack sealing on East Water Street. The second street item involves a $20,559.43 contract with Griffin Pavement Striping Inc. for thermoplastic striping on Monument Square, North Jefferson Avenue and East Water Street.

Board of Control will also recommend council authorize the installation of two new hangar doors at the Grimes Hangar at Grimes Field in the amount of $68,309.

Council will also vote on an administrative recommendation to amend the existing contract with DLZ Ohio Inc. to add additional services in the amount of $17,500 related to the Safe Routes to School Phase 2 Project.

By Joshua Keeran

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Joshua Keeran may be reached at 937-652-1331 (ext. 1774) or on Twitter @UDCKeeran.

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