MT. VERNON — Mt. Vernon City Council waived a formal bidding process for a window replacement project at the former National Guard Armory during its Monday night meeting.
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. Bids came in favorably for the project, resulting in leftover grant funds.
“The proposal we have from Mt. Vernon Glass meets all the requirements that DCEO is signing off on,” City Manager Ron Neibert said.
The estimated cost of the project is $73,000 with the city receiving a $55,000 grant from the DCEO, Neibert added.
The Council also approved a request to seek bids for resurfacing of the Veterans Memorial Park parking lot.
This is a capital project that was funded under the city’s Economic Development Quality of Life, Neibert said. The bid, which will take about 30 to 45 days to receive, will include materials and installation of a two-inch asphalt overlay including restriping. Neibert bids could come by September.
In other business:
n Conducted a first reading an ordinance granting conditional use to allow commercial development in a flood plain district located at 2845 Benton Road. Randy Ratliff is the petitioning party. Engineer Brian Edmison explained Ratliff wants to develop the property into a dance hall, and may possibly be used for auctions.
n First reading was conducted on an ordnance rezoning property at 210 South Third St. at the former Star Ambulance Building from light industrial to secondary business. Jeremy Sneed is the petitioning party. Sneed said he wants to expand and move his business, Sensation Station, from Main Street.
n First reading was conducted on ordinances approving a revised code of ordinances for the Park and Recreation and Tourism boards to stagger the terms of board members.
n A resolution approving a mutual aid agreement with Perry County was adopted.
n Mayor Chesley appointed Laura Schaubert and Craig Hedin to the TIF Advisory Board.