Catlin approves agreement for sidewalk

Kim Luttrell


Independent News

Catlin commissioners approved a preliminary engineering agreement with Fehr Graham Engineering and Environmental of Champaign for engineering work to be done on a sidewalk replacement project on Webster Street.

Matt Johnson of Fehr Graham said that his firm would submit the preliminary engineering work to the Illinois Department of Transportation for approval.

The project calls for the replacement of the sidewalk on the west side of Webster Street from Vermilion to Northview Street.

The work is being paid for by a STU federal transportation grant.

According to Johnson, there will be a little more engineering work as well as additional documentation work because the project is using federal funds.

Johnson said the project should be bid and completed next summer.

Village clerk Shelley Darnell swore in Jerry Cummings as the new commissioner of accounts and finance, replacing Jim Miller, who resigned last month.

In other council action, commissioners:

— Approved the appointment of Kevin Kirk to serve as mayor pro-tem when the mayor is absent from any meetings.

— Discussed charging a fee to rent the park pavilion.  Mayor Butch Schmink said it normally costs the village two hours in overtime pay for village employees to clean and lock up the pavilion when it is used.  Commissioners agreed that they did not want to charge village residents to use the pavilion but would consider charging non-residents to use the facility.  A fee structure for using the pavilion by non-residents will be discussed in January to implement for next summer.

— Approved an intergovernmental agreement with Illinois Municipal League Risk Management Association.

Approved a request by the Catlin Lion’s Club to block off streets in the downtown area for their annual fish fry on Sept. 2.  The streets will be blocked off from noon Sept. 2 to noon Sept. 3.

— Approved the purchase of 406 Allison Street from the Vermilion County Trustee for $639.  The property was listed in the upcoming property sale by the trustee.  The village will seek bids to demolish the house on the property once it takes possession.

— Learned that the village’s 2017 motor fuel tax street work is 85 percent completed.  It should be completed within the next two weeks.

— Learned that carbon monoxide detectors have been installed in the two Ford police vehicles.  It has been reported recently that there have been instances where police officers have been overcome by carbon monoxide from certain models of Ford police vehicles.  Schmink said the detectors were merely installed as a safety precaution for police personnel.

The Catlin village council will meet at 7 p.m. August 15 at the village hall.


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