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[APRIL 7, 2004] 

Reserved parking for loading and unloading

It's no news to anyone that parking downtown is scant and treasured. A recent new ordinance has reserved a loading and unloading zone parking space in the 500 block of Broadway Street.

After Action Rental made the request for the space to be rezoned and it was granted, some of the other downtown merchants felt that they too ought to be able to use the space for the same purpose for their businesses also.

The sign in the zone says "Loading Zone," Alderman Dave Armbrust said. Clarifying it further, he said, "It does not indicate any particular business."

Other council members said they have seen the parking space in use by cars. On at least one occasion Alderman Glenn Shelton said he observed a trunk left open. So it was being used for loading or unloading.

Some time is being allowed for motorists to get used to and recognize the reserved space.

Emergency sewer repair

A major sewer line running from Union to Kankakee on Pulaski Street collapsed last week. According to Environmental Management Corporation manager Grant Eaton, nearly every old brick sewer in this town is double-lined. This one is not, he said. The only way the repair can be made is to slip line it. The alternative is to dig it up and replace it.

Slip lining is done by shooting a special product down the sewer line that hardens to act just like PVC. It is a common choice by other cities because you don't have to disrupt the street or the laterals that are established. It wears as well as PVC and is warranted for 10 years, Eaton said.

 

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To dig it up and replace it would cost $1 million. Slip lining is approximately $186,000.

Eaton said that one portion at the lower end of the damaged line at Pulaski Street needs to be slip lined right away. The PVC pipe that is temporarily in place is not enough to rely on. The contractor that did the work said that the slip lining should be done there as soon as possible. A major rain could wash out that corner. Costs for the emergency repair area will be approximately $47,520.

The hole that was left when the sewer collapsed last week was big enough to swallow a car, said Alderman Buzz Busby, who went to the scene. It was 11 feet in diameter and 10 feet deep.

The hole has temporary gravel fill in it.

Phone use denied

An unfortunate circumstance for a teen and an error in judgment by a city worker were the subject of a letter presented by Police Chief Richard Montcalm to the council.

The letter explained that on a recent evening a group of teenagers arrived at the Logan County Safety Complex, and one teen requested use of a telephone for a real need. The dispatcher on duty denied entry to use a phone.

The dispatcher and supervisor were contacted later by Chief Montcalm. As a result of their examination of the situation, a policy change was made. The worker involved was regretful and changes have been made to prevent a like incident.

Chief Montcalm also went to the teens' homes and made attempts to make apologies to each family.

Boy Scout merit badge leader Dave Weaver accompanied four members of Troop 102 to the Monday evening meeting on April 5.

[Jan Youngquist]

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