Posted Online: Jan. 22, 2013, 10:26 pm
Aledo approves water and sewer repair program
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By Pam Berenger, firstname.lastname@example.org
ALEDO -- Residents can learn about a new water and sewer repair program at 6 p.m. today in the Aledo City Hall.
"I think the residents are really going to appreciate this," Mayor Bill Breeden said. "I anticipate a good turnout."
On Tuesday, the city council adopted an ordinance approving a water and sewer lateral repair program.
Noting many property owners do not know they are responsible for the upkeep of the laterals -- and the average cost of such repairs can exceed $2,500 -- the city will reimburse participating home owners up to $5,000 for repairs. To participate, residents will pay$4 a month and a $25 application fee.
Details of the program, including its benefits and limitations, will be explained tonight.
In other business, Aledo Police Chief Mike Sponsler reported several meetings with Mercer County School District representatives to discuss truancy and safety. Chief Sponsler said the district is interested in additional staff training on safety, and he will be scheduling the programs.
Chief Sponsler added the district also supports a city truancy ordinance tabled several months ago. The council will consider the ordinance at a February meeting.
The council on Tuesday also learned about a program to help track city road signs. Jonathan Hodel, president and owner of Cloudpoint Geographics, said all traffic signs must meet standards for size, shape, color, letter height and reflectivity.Measuring reflectivity is one of the more difficult and expensive parts of tracking sign replacement, he said.
Mr. Hodel said his company takes pictures of all signs and posts, identified by GPS locations, and ensures that all sign specifications are met, allowing city personnel to monitor the age and condition of the signs.
Council members also:
-- Approved an ordinance authorizing final payment of $86,767.03 for the sidewalk project, about $13,000 more than the original bid due to changes ordered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.
-- Set the price for engraving names and dates on the Columbarium doors at $250 and engraving date and death at $150.
-- Approved spending $22,048.75 to buy a 2012 Chevorlet Impala for the police department.
-- Approved a tax increment financing district grant for Riddell Roofing Inc., for life safety and building code upgrades. The grant will pay 50 percent of the cost of materials, up to $25,000.