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|Galesburg Aldermen Table Building Purchase for Public Works
|The Galesburg City Council isn't ready to sign off after all on the proposed purchase of a building for the city's Public Works Department.
Aldermen took nearly no time Monday night voting to table the $115,000 proposed purchase of the building at 200 South Henderson Street. City officials say they wanted to rehab the building so Public Works could use it for offices and equipment storage, but they also said they wanted to build a separate building on the property so that the city could store its annual supply of road salt, something the city doesn't have now.
But Sixth Ward Alderman Wayne Allen says that explanation isn't good enough.
"I have a lot of questions on (the purchase) now, after talking to a lot of different people," Allen said. "It this the proper use for that building? What is the actual cost to renovate the building to the standards we want it for? Those are just some of the questions. In fact, I have so many questions I don't think we have the time to go through them tonight. I think we actually need another work session on this."
Allen admitted he didn't have any of those questions the firs time this came up for discussion during the budget process.
Only Second Ward Alderman Russell Fleming, and Fourth Ward Alderman Corine Andersen did not vote to table the motion, which can't come back up again until next month.
Aldermen Monday night also voted to increase an after-hours call-out fee for city water service, approved a million dollars in adjustments to the 2010 budget, and okayed yet more change orders for the ongoing construction of the new water treatment plant at Oquawka.
|03 02 10 by Newsroom
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