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Benton City Council accepts parking lot bids

Contributing Writer
updated: 2/28/2018 11:09 AM

City officials have approved bids for concrete and labor for the municipal parking lot on East Main Street.

During a council meeting Monday, a $91-per-yard bid submitted by Quad County Concrete was accepted. Streets and Improvements Commissioner Donnie Wyant said the concrete will include a fiber lining.

S.R.W. Inc. was accepted as the laborer on the concrete project. The company will pour and saw the concrete, Wyant said, at a cost of $14,125.

The parking lot has been discussed by the council for several months. Wyant was given authority by the council to put together a bid package, based on the council's desire to research concrete and asphalt bids. Wyant ultimately recommended concrete for the lot, located behind a popular eatery, Joe's Pizza.

No timetable was discussed for when the work might begin.

The council formally amended ordinance Chapter 21-2-6 (B), increasing the number of package liquor licenses from six to nine; and the city attorney was asked to prepare a document to restrict funds from the sale of the former Webster School property.

Purchase orders of $2,177 for repairs to Engine 801 of the fire department; and $1,050 for a new in-house computer were approved.

In personnel matters, council approved Dakota Michael Lampley as a paid on-call firefighter.

Council also approved the attendance of zoning administrator David Garavalia at the Illinois Tax Increment Association spring conference.

The city also accepted a grant of $2,000 from the Trees Forever Foundation. The agency, with assistance from Wyant, will replace approximately 14 trees in the confines of the city limits.

During the public portion of the meeting, Mark Sternimann addressed the council about the location of storage units on Grant Street (near the recycling center) to be used for firefighting training. Sternimann's concerns include smoke in the neighborhood and its proximity to an Ameren substation, Franklin Hospital and public housing. Sternimann requested the units be moved.

Police and Fire Commissioner Don Storey responded the fire department uses fog, not smoke, for its training. Storey indicated he would confirm that information with Fire Chief Shane Cockrum, who was not immediately available.

"That's good to know and you also know people," Sternimann said. "That gives me a lot of peace of mind, but when you're involved with that many people, I'm not sure it will fly."

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