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April 19, 2014

City accepts park grant

MT. VERNON — The city council will officially accept a $400,000 grant for Lincoln Park on Monday.

“Some grants require formal acceptance, some don’t,” City Manager Ron Neibert explained. “The council will be formally accepting with a resolution.”

The grant announcement was made two weeks ago. The grant, part of $16.5 million awarded as part of the Open Space Land Acquisition and Development program of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, will go toward a $1.6 million project for Lincoln Park. Phase one of the project includes a softball field, tennis courts, restrooms and a hiking trail.

Neibert said the city will be putting a total of $1.2 million with the grant funds, monies which have already been set aside for the project from a 2012 bond issuance.

The action is part of Monday’s regular council meeting, which will get underway at 7 p.m. at the Rolland W. Lewis Community Building at Veterans Park.

In addition to the grant, the council will receive bid results for the wayfinding system. According to information from the city, four bids for the project to provide signage throughout the city were received.

Neibert is recommending the lowest qualifying bid of $350,082.50 from Geograph Industries, Inc. After adding two gateway signs from an alternate list to the base bid, the total price is $368,284.50.

“Sign Star out of Tampa, Fla., did submit the lowest base bid, however, their bid was incomplete and could not be accepted,” stated Nathan McKenna, city capital projects manager.

A total of 68 signs, three kiosks and two gateway signs will be fabricated and installed. According to Neibert, the fabrication of the signs once a bid is accepted, will be three to four months, and it will take 30 days for the installation.

In other business, the council will:

n Hear a request to seek bids for demolition of 13 dangerous and dilapidated structures; and

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