Mt. Vernon Register-News

July 13, 2013

Council considers window replacement


MT. VERNON — — MT. VERNON — Mt. Vernon City Council will be asked on Monday night to waive bidding procedures for window replacement at the former National Guard Armory building.

The city received a 50/50 matching grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity in the amount of $144,000 for asbestos abatement at the Armory.

According to Nathan McKenna, Capital Projects Manager for the city, bids came in favorably for the abatement project, resulting in approximately $57,000 left over in grant funds. McKenna said officials of the DCEO have indicated the remaining funds can be used for window replacement.

Approximately 42 windows will be replaced, McKenna said, although the $57,000 will not cover the entire cost of the project.

After the city contacted several contractors for price estimates on the replacement project, only one — Mt. Vernon Glass — submitted an estimate for the work, according to McKenna. He will recommend the city accept the company's quote to replace the windows.

At this time, a local group, with the help of the Mt. Vernon Festivals Committee, are hosting monthly Market Days on the lawn of the building and in the parking lot. The first two events have brought out large crowds and many vendors. The next Market Days event will be held on Aug. 3.

City officials are still trying to determine how to use the Armory, and hired a consultant — Merje Environments and Experiences — to help decide the future of the property.

Also at Monday's meeting, Parks and Public Facilities Director George Bryant will be requesting the west main parking lot at Veterans Memorial Park be resurfaced.

"Presently the west main parking lot at Veterans Park is severely deteriorated. The bid will include materials and installation of a 2-inch overlay including restriping," Bryant wrote to city administrators. Bryant said the project has funding budgeted under the Quality of Life projects.


The council will conduct first reading on an ordinance granting conditional use to allow commercial in a Class FP, flood plain district, located at 2845 Benton Road. The petitioning party is Randy Ratliff.

Conduct a first reading on an ordnance rezoning property at 210 S. Third St. from industrial to business. The petitioning party is Jeremy Sneed.

n Conduct a first reading on an ordinance revising the code of ordinances for the Park and Recreation and Tourism Boards.

Approve a resolution for a mutual aid agreement with Perry County.

And a resolution approving an agreement with the Illinois Department of Transportation for a project at South 10th Street and Perkins Avenue.

Mayor Chesley is expected to receive the consent of the council to appoint Laura Schaubert and Craig Hedin to the TIF Board.

The council will meet at 7 p.m. at the Rolland W. Lewis Community Building.