Galesburg Council approving different firm to conduct policy review

Galesburg Aldermen Monday night may approve a letter of engagement hiring a new law firm to conduct an investigation into the city’s handling of harassment complaints.

Council approved law firm Heyl Royster to do the review in April and provide recommendations for improvement.

Since then it’s been determined that a potential conflict for Heyl Royster exists because of unrelated litigation.

Aldermen can approve engagement with a new firm tonight, James M. Kelly Law Firm based in Peoria.

Council documents say that Heyl Royster has returned all funds and documents provided to them.

Aldermen also have the ability to approve an engineering agreement in the amount of $18,000 architectural and engineering work for additional R/V camper sites at Allison Campground.

City staff have noticed trends in camping moving towards increased R/V use and the city-owned campground is often at capacity for camper sites.

The city council is expected to approve a bid Monday to reconstruct Monroe Street from North to Losey.

Gunther Construction, a frequent partner for city street projects, is recommended to do the work for $1.1 million, although nine companies submitted.

The street base, curb, and gutter will all be replaced by a full depth concrete pavement and concrete curb and gutter.

Existing bricks on the street will be salvaged and placed in the city’s brick storage yard for use on a protected brick street in the future.

Also expected tonight; discussion on turning the city treasurer position into an unpaid appointed job, after almost two years of being without an official treasurer.

Mayor John Pritchard tells WGIL the treasurer position mostly is charged with making deposits, something the city’s finance department is capable of doing.

He says if council approves the change, he will immediately act to appoint City Finance Director Gloria Osborn as the treasurer.

The change would also eliminate the treasurer’s $12,500 a year salary.

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