|One of the ways the City of Galesburg is looking at possibly paying for the first of three proposed rail crossing overpasses will be discussed by aldermen Monday night.
The Galesburg City Council will consider opening a $7 million line of credit with Wells Fargo bank.
City officials, in documents to the council, say that it may not be for just the West Main Street overpass project or any of the two others planned, either. They say it could be for any public works projects for which state or other funds have been promised, but haven't arrived yet.
City Manager Dane Bragg said months ago that the the city was considering this due in part to the state budget situation, and its backlog of bills which is expected to grow.
The state's $30 billion capital construction bill is supposed to contribute money to the overpass construction. Just last week, ground was broken on the proposed expansion of Western Illinois University's Quad Cities Campus, that the capital bill is also being paid for.
The City Council Monday night will hear about a proposed revamped noise ordinance, one that aldermen discussed at a recent work session, that will allow for the impoundment of vehicles found to have loud engines or stereos, and makes other changes -- changes, as a majority of aldermen say they wanted, that mirror the City of Peoria's laws.
No action will be taken, though, because the proposal is on first reading.
The Galesburg City Council will again consider a proposal to purchase a building for the city's Public Works Department, that they tabled a month ago.
Aldermen Monday night will consider the purchase of 200 South Henderson Street for $115,000.
Documents provided to the City Council indicate that the city wants to renovate the building on the property for a number of public works operations, and they also want to construct a salt storage facility adjacent to it -- something officials say they've desperately needed for a long time in order to keep the road salt used in the winter out of the elements.
City officials say if the purchase is made, $675,000 is being budgeted this year for building renovations, another $410,000 for the salt facility, and another $200,000 for another building that will be built to the southeast.
The moves will essentially allow public works operations and storage to all be in one area. As it stands now, officials say some equipment is being stored at the old Maple Avenue Fire Station.
Aldermen Monday night will not take a final vote, but will consider on first reading a proposal to change the municipal code so that essentially, the state's indoor smoking ban law is incorporated into it.
The Galesburg City Council Monday night will consider an ordinance that will allow the sale of two properties in the vicinity of the former Regency hotel on North Henderson Street.
The properties are north and west of the hotel, which has fallen into disrepair since it was shuttered several years ago.
If approved, aldermen would open bids during their June seventh city council meeting, after the sale notice is published in the newspaper three times during the month of May.
The City says while there is no minimum bid for each property, as has been the case with other property sales, the city wants detailed descriptions of what will be done with each property if sold.
The Galesburg city Council meets at 6:30pm Monday.