Belleville City Council approves streetscape spending; work to begin in August

Roadwork is expected to begin in August on the North Illinois streetscape project after the Belleville City Council on Monday night authorized spending $600,000 for the city’s share of the construction contract.

The federal government will pay $2.19 million and the state government will contribute $273,800 toward the $3 million construction costs. City officials have estimated the entire cost of the project to be $3.5 million.

City Engineer Tim Gregowicz said the bid letting for this contract will be on June 12. He said the project will not be finished until next year.

The road improvements will be done from A Street to near Richland Creek. The streetscape project includes some new decorative street lights but the city plans to keep the overhead lights.

In other business Monday, the City Council:

▪  Tabled a request to allow the organizers of Oktoberfest to expand their festival by one block on East Main Street from High Street to Jackson Street. Some council members want city officials to address the concerns of the business owners who say downtown festivals hurt their bottom line. Oktoberfest is scheduled for Sept. 18-19 this year.

▪  Approved the promotions of four firefighters: Richard Wangelin was promoted from captain to battalion chief, Curt Lougeay from engineer to captain and Michael Minor and Raymond Winchester from firefighter to engineer. The promotions are effective as of Tuesday.