City council to vote on replenishing road salt supply


By Joshua Keeran - jkeeran@civitasmedia.com



Urbana City Council, during its meeting today in municipal court chambers, will consider the administration’s recommendations to purchase road salt and to demolish a nuisance structure on East Church Street.

In anticipation of the upcoming winter season, council will vote on whether to enter into a contract with the Champaign County Engineer’s Office for the purchase of 400 tons of road salt at a rate of $70.15 per ton for a total cost of $28,060.

As for the burned garage at 304 E. Church St., deemed a nuisance structure by the city, council’s approval is being sought to authorize REM Excavating LLC to raze the garage at a cost of $3,335.85, the lowest of three bids.

Community Development Manager Doug Crabill said last month that the property owner has been “nonresponsive” to the city’s order to demolish the garage and/or bring it up to code.

“The property owner will have an opportunity to pay the city for its costs incurred to abate,” Crabill said. “If the city does not receive payment, then an assessment will be placed on the property.”

The administration will also recommend council authorize a purchase order to the Community Improvement Corporation of Champaign County, doing business as the Champaign Economic Partnership, in the amount of $25,000 for the half-period of July 1 through Dec. 31, 2015, per the agreement between the city and the Champaign County Commission.

Ordinances/resolutions

Council will be asked to waive the three-readings rule and pass on first reading a resolution to approve a sanitary sewer tap-in and water tap-in for Allison Inskeep at 638 Childrens Home Road as an extraterritorial customer.

An ordinance establishing the compensation of future elected city officials will undergo a first reading.

Also during the meeting, a second reading will be held for an ordinance accepting the annexation of the Dollar Tree property at 1620 E. U.S. Route 36.

By Joshua Keeran

jkeeran@civitasmedia.com

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

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