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Collinsville City Council approves five contracts, spending $180,000 of TIF funds

The Collinsville City Council on Monday night authorized five separate contracts for services related to renovating and relocating the historic Collins House, as well as streetscape and road repair.

The contracts include the following:

▪  With Wolfe House & Building Movers, LLC. for relocation of the D.D. Collins House, the total cost of which is $84,300.

▪  With Miller & Maack General Contractors for renovation of the interior of the D.D. Collins House and the construction of Collins Park, the cost of which is $573,604.

▪  With Keller Construction, Inc., for Streetscape Phase 4 construction, the cost of which is $1,215,503.78. The city was awarded $1 million for the project and is responsible for 20 percent of the funding.

▪  With Christ Brothers Asphalt Inc., for milling, resurfacing and pavement striping of Collinsport Drive and Gateway Drive, the cost of which is $188,651.89. The funding will come from TIF money. Street Director Rod Cheatham said during the meeting he estimated work would begin in the next three weeks and would be completed within one week.

▪  With Christ Brothers Asphalt Inc., for the patching, cold milling, crack routing and filling, area reflective crack control treatment, resurfacing and pavement striping of Lebanon Road, the cost of which is $347,529.13. Cheatham said the project would follow completion of work on Collinsport Drive and Gateway Drive. He estimated the work on Lebanon Road would be completed within one week.

The council also approved the expenditure of tax increment financing funds to the Gateway Center, 1 Gateway Drive, and the new restaurant coming to 119 W. Main St.

The Gateway Center requested $170,764.55 for two projects: removal and replacement of three heating and cooling rooftop units, $98,800; removal and replacement of a ballroom roof membrane, $76,296.

The new restaurant, Sloan’s Pub House, requested $13,740 in TIF funds for structural and other repairs to the building formerly occupied by Levy PC.

In other business, the council approved the purchase of new equipment from Tech Electronics to upgrade the uptown wireless Internet and expand its coverage. The cost is $29,375.

The City Council meets next at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at City Hall, 125 S. Center St.

Contact reporter Lexi Cortes at or 618-239-2528. Follow her on Twitter: @lexicortes.