Cambridge gets money for street, sewer work

Posted Online: Oct. 29, 2013, 7:42 pm
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By Lisa Hammer,
CAMBRIDGE -- State Rep. Don Moffitt, R-Gilson, presented the village board Monday with an oversized check for $100,000 to be used for capital improvements.

The town already has received $25,000 of the grant and will receive the rest as the work is done. Cambridge first applied for the $100,000 "member project" grant in 2009 and learned then that it was coming. Village administrator Dwaine Van Meenen said Cambridge also hopes to receive federal grant money for the State Street work. The village has two years to use the grant.

The village plans to use the money for replacing and repairing the South Street sewer line, alleviating back-up problems. Camera work identified serious problems on South Street several years ago. The village has relined some sewer lines, but none were done on South Street as it was felt the issues there were so serious that relining might be a waste.

Noting the state is behind in payments from the general fund, Rep. Moffitt stressed the grant money was not from that fund but from bonds for capital projects. Bonds will be repaid from increases in vehicle licenses and other fees.

Engineers will meet with the village and provide cost estimates for the South Street work Nov. 18.

The board also welcomed a used car business to Cambridge. The Finish Line, a used car dealership in Kewanee, received state approval Monday to begin selling cars in Cambridge. Business owners Keith Bridgewater and Lance Dolieslager will begin by offering sales in Cambridge, transporting customers' cars to their Kewanee location for service. The Finish Line is located in the former Hutchcraft Chevrolet building at 100 N. Prospect St..

The former Swan building at 202-209 N. Prospect St. will be coming down. Trustees awarded a $10,890 bid to Environment Management Services, of Dubuque, Iowa, for asbestos removal. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has 10 days to review the work, which should be done by Nov. 30. Lohman Excavating, of Hillsdale, was awarded the contract to raze the building for $84,000. Lohman's bid to raze the property was discussed last April but not awarded until Monday night.

Dedication of an Army howitzer at Memorial Park in Cambridge will happen sometime soon. Retired Marine colonel and judge Clarke Barnes will speak at a dedication ceremony to be announced in the near future.

Cambridge was one of four area towns recently notified by the state that annual reports on tax-increment-financing funds were late. The village was late with reports for 2010, 2011 and 2012. Mr. Van Meenen said all reports now have been turned in. They were filed Oct. 25. There was no financial penalty provided the reports were sent in by Jan. 1.

The board is taking bids for construction of a 20-foot by 20-foot storage building at Rosedale cemetery. Packets are available at the village hall. They need to be turned in by Nov. 8 for opening the following day.


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