Shelbyville Daily Union

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November 23, 2012

City Council Looks for Ways to Fund Projects

SHELBYVILLE, IL. — The Shelbyville City Council is looking for ways to fund two large projects.

Commissioner Bill Shoaff explained an increase in the water rates may be considered to pay for the water tower maintenance program.

“We have five steel tanks and four of them are in need of repair maintenance,” Shoaff said at Monday’s council meeting. “The oldest tank was put up in 1955. A new tower would cost between $2 million and $3 million. It would cost $300,000 to $400,000 per tower with the maintenance program.”

The 15-year program includes cleaning mud and sludge out of the tanks every two years and painting twice during the 15-year period. Repairs to the tanks or removal of graffiti may be done as needed.

He added that the current paint, which contains lead, would need to be removed by sandblasting, but subsequent painting jobs would not need sandblasting.

The maintenance program would be on a budget plan instead of paying by the job or incident.

“It’s an easy payment plan,” added Commissioner Brent Fogleman.

Shoaff said he hopes to have more information on the project at the next meeting.

Similarly, discussion ensued on fundindg for the Chautauqua restoration program.

In recent meetings, the Chautauqua Preservation Committee asked the City Council for help in funding the first phase of the project. The auditorium is showing more signs of structural stress, prompting urgency in getting work started.

Commissioner Jeff Johnson suggested that the revenue from the new video gambling machines to match what the Committee has raised. Johnson said that projections estimate $2-$3,000 per year per machine and that five places have applied for permits which may have up to five machines.

“In time, if we don’t do something with it, it will cave down,” Johnson said. “If we tear it down, where will we get the money to tear it down, what do you do with the hole left, and will you refund the money back to the people who have donated?”

A survey will be included in an upcoming water statement asking the public two questions: if they would support using city funds for the project and if they would support a property tax increase to pay for the project.

In other business, the council:

- Approved the proposed $1 million tax levy as presented by city treasurer David Frost.

- Adopted the modifications to neighborhood electric vehicle ordinance to include side-by-side seating in vehicles such as John Deere Gators.

- Accepted the bid by MidState Construction of Beecher City for repair on the water plant roof.

- As the liquor commission, granted a liquor license variance for the Iron Keg to allow an extra hour of business during the Thanksgiving holiday. Police Chief David Tallman noted that any noisecomplaints would result in early closing.

Commissioner Johnson noted that the North 9th Street sewer project is expected to be completed by the end of the month and that work at the minipark is expected to begin in the new year with the help of a local Eagle Scout.

One resident voiced his opinion to the Council that the city should spend money on the city’s sewer and water lines before spending money on the Chautauqua.

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