Reserved parking for loading and
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
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
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
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,
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To dig it up and
replace it would cost $1 million. Slip lining is approximately
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
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
Boy Scout merit badge leader Dave Weaver
accompanied four members of Troop 102 to the Monday evening meeting
on April 5.