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[JUNE 9, 2004] 

Mosquito spraying

Streets Superintendent Tracy Jackson received his certificate allowing him to spray. He said the mosquito spraying will start this week, depending on the weather. Spraying will be on Wednesday and Thursday nights, with Friday as a rain makeup day. The crew will spray from 7 to 11 p.m. He said the larvicide program started two weeks ago.

Property bids

The city has accepted one of six bids on properties that were put up for sale. Four properties in various locations and zonings were identified last fall as no longer needed by the city. The properties were put up for sale by sealed bid with the right to reject any and all bids this spring. The bids were opened May 25. [City briefs]

Offers ranged from $1,250 to $3,000 except for one bid. Public buildings and grounds chairman Derrick Crane and committee member Jonie Tibbs both said they were disappointed at the offer amounts and number of bids.

A bid of $25,000 made by First United Methodist Church for the parking lot just off Logan and Broadway was accepted.

Campus View flooding problems still on table

Discussion of the drainage problem on Campus View Drive was tabled until the committee chairman and vice chairman could be present.

 

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Fifth Street Road

City and county government officials are looking at economic development and preparing for business and residential growth to the west.

Funding for the city's portion in renovating Fifth Street Road is still being sought. The city's portion extends one mile west from Lincoln Parkway and is estimated at $3.4 million. It involves adding sewer and making the road three lanes. The city is still searching for about $2 million.

Fifth Street is the top committed road project in the county. A total of $800,000 has been earmarked through the state to go to the county for the project. The president still needs to sign the bill before funds are released. It is a six-year revolving federal program.

Other county roads projects are awaiting improvements that could benefit the county economics, but until funding for that project is resolved, other work has to wait. Of particular importance and timely is the Elkhart to Mount Pulaski blacktop. Two potential coal plant operations need the road. The road must be upgraded to serve trucks carrying coal or newly made ethanol.

County board member Bill Sahs is in Washington, D.C. speaking with U.S. Rep. Ray LaHood, who secured the funding for the Logan County project.

[Jan Youngquist]

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