City’s south side to see changes

By Joshua Keeran - [email protected]

In preparation for the anticipated January 2019 opening of a pre-kindergarten to eighth grade school on South U.S. Route 68, Urbana City Council is scheduled to vote on three infrastructure items involving the south end of the city during its 6 p.m. meeting today in municipal court chambers.

With the school expected to house close to 1,500 students, potential traffic issues in the area have been discussed by council members. To address the current operation of the closest traffic signal to the new school, administration is seeking approval to pay Security Fence Group Inc. $6,574.03 for a traffic signal upgrade at the intersection of South U.S. Route 68 and state Route 55.

As for site of the new school, 1673 S. U.S. Route 68, council is scheduled to hear the first readings (suspension of three-readings rule requested) of two resolutions involving utility services to the property – one seeking a water tap-in and the other a sanitary sewer tap-in.

If approved, both resolutions state the school would be an extraterritorial customer required to pay 200 percent of the total service fees for operation, maintenance and replacement related to water and sanitary sewer services while located outside city limits.

The resolutions state that upon issuance of a new utility connection permit for a property outside city limits, the owner of the property is required to file an annexation petition within 60 days.

In other business:

•Administration will recommend council authorize a purchase order to White’s Auto Group in the amount of $19,746 for the purchase of a 2017 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck for use by the Water Division.

•To cover legal services related to the former Q3 JMC Inc. property on Miami Street, administration will seek council’s approval to increase a purchase order to Frost Brown Todd LLC by $15,000.

•Council will hear the first reading of a resolution authorizing the transfer of an approved tax abatement at 668 state Route 55 (located within a Community Reinvestment Area) to the land holder upon transfer of title.

•Council will hear the first reading of an ordinance seeking to amend the city’s official zoning map by rezoning approximately one acre of land on Lippincott Lane (Urbana Commons Planned Unit Development, Subarea C) from fuel station use to principal uses allowed in the B-2 General Business District.

By Joshua Keeran

[email protected]

Joshua Keeran may be reached at 937-508-2304 or on Twitter @UDCKeeran.

Joshua Keeran may be reached at 937-508-2304 or on Twitter @UDCKeeran.