MT. VERNON — The city council will hear bids on asbestos removal at the former Armory during its meeting on Monday night.Six companies provided bids for the removal of the asbestos, with General Waste Services, Inc., the lowest bidder, coming in at $159,120."We have received a 50-50 grant for the abatement, up to $144,000 from the state," City Manager Ron Neibert said. "With a bid of $159,000, we will not be using all the grant money. Our cost should be about $80,000."Plans are underway to determine the best use for the facility, which was deeded to the city by the state. Some ideas for the facility has been to turn it into a Broadway Market or a venue for events."Asbestos abatement is the first step to do anything with the building, regardless of the course the city takes with the building," Neibert said. "The asbestos needs to be removed."At this time, the gym floor in the building is being bid, with bids being opened on June 26. Neibert said there is no asbestos near the gym flooring and concrete was beneath the floor."There is asbestos with the piping, insulation, tiles and tiling," Neibert said. "It is also in the caulk on the windows, so the glass will be removed and the windows sealed for now."Neibert said the city is working on a program to allow local artists to paint the sealed windows, "so we can make it more attractive as we decide on how to move forward with the building. In other business, the city will:Consider a preliminary and final plat for subdivision presented by Jeff Warren and Misty King;Hear a request for a final reallocation of funds for the 2012-13 budget;Hold a second reading on an ordinance to vacate an alley presented by Central Christian Church and Doris McGinnis; Hold a first reading on an ordinance regarding prevailing wage rates;Hold a first reading on an ordinance to re-zone property at Veterans Memorial Drive and 34th Street from agriculture to B-2 presented by Victor Cusumano;Hold a first reading on an ordinance to re-zone property at 2623 Benton Rd., from B-2 to R-1 presented by Misty King; and Hear a resolution authorizing an Illinois Department of Natural Resources Open Space Land Acquisition and Development/Land and Water Conservation Fund grant earmarked to make improvements at Lincoln Park facilities, trails and water areas.The council will meet at 7 pm.. on Monday at the Rolland Lewis Community Building at Veterans Park.
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Speed limit changing on Veterans
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MVTHS opens bids for new school
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County's reserve fund tapped
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Ice bucket challenge held at ymca
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