The Collinsville City Council authorized the waiver of $123,000 in water tap fees for the redevelopment of the Northgate Homes, which will become Woodland Park Apartments, at its Tuesday night meeting.
Madison County Housing Authority’s redevelopment plan for the apartment complex calls for upgrading the water services through a replacement of all infrastructure related to water, sewer and streets to meet the current plumbing code.
The housing authority will pay the $110,159.62 labor and material costs for the project. Dennis Kress, the city’s water and wastewater director, estimates the cost to the city will be $12,840.83.
Madison County Housing Authority’s plan also includes replacing the existing 99 apartments at Northgate Homes with 82 units.
The council also approved the following:
▪ Spending $5,880 in TIF funds toward a new restaurant on West Main Street. The restaurant, to be known as Sloan’s, will occupy 119 W. Main Street, formerly Levy PC. The TIF funds will be used for architectural services to renovate the currently vacant space. According to the TIF application, the restaurant will feature pub fare focusing on fresh, homemade items.
▪ Authorizing a $6,000 engineering agreement with Oates Associates to clean, prepare and paint traffic signs on three intersections: Church Street, Main Street and Clay Street. Street Department Director Rod Cheatham said the currently galvanized sign posts do not match the downtown streetscape.
▪ Spending $12,100 in TIF funds for an engineering agreement with Oates Associates to resurface Collinsport Drive, from Commerce Drive to Illinois 157, and Gateway Drive.
▪ Purchasing a $37,500 solar powered electronic warning siren — a tornado siren — to be installed at the Jaycee Sports Complex. Collinsville Fire Chief Mark Emert explained during the meeting that a replacement is necessary because the existing siren is at least 35 years old. He also said that at least six other sirens in the city are 35 years old or older. “We don’t want to leave the community lacking in that area,” he said. This is Collinsville’s first solar-powered siren, which Emert said should have increased reliability while decreasing costs for the city.
▪ Purchasing mosquito pesticide from Clarke Mosquito Control Products, Inc. for a total cost of $28,350.
▪ Awarding 11 bids for the purchase of 2015 street maintenance materials, which cost $471,815. The council approved a resolution appropriating the funds to cover the purchase of these materials April 13.
The council also recognized seven recent Collinsville High School graduates who each received $1,000 scholarships from the Collinsville Educational Scholarship Foundation: Kelsie Jeffries, Alexandra Holten, Ryan Burns, Zoe Bauer, Brandon Reinkensmeyer, Amanda Hoyt and Grace Rukavina.
The council did not consider an ordinance authorizing the purchase of 2,522 square feet of property owned by Buck’s Inc. in Collinsville, a total cost of $25,800, needed in order to complete a proposed intersection improvement at Keebler-Beltline, because it was taken off the agenda.
Councilman Jeff Stehman was not present at the meeting.
The next City Council meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. June 8.