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|Galesburg City Council Reviews South Broad Brick by Brick
|The Galesburg City Council laid the groundwork for the reconstruction of South Broad Street at Monday night's meeting.
Aldermen convened for the first time since Tuesday's Consolidated Election to discuss several traffic changes recommended by the Traffic Advisory Committee.
Issues were resolved agreeably on the agenda, with all but one of the ordinances passing unanimously; that is, until bidding out repairs to South Broad came under consideration.
The Council split a decision, 5-3, on the costs associated with the repair of the street - which plays host to Central Congregational Church.
According to City Administration, both bids received came in over budget - with the lowest at just over 300-thousand dollars.
First Ward Alderman Ken Goad says there's no doubt that section of the street needs work.
"I think 301-thousand dollars for a quarter of a block is not good spending of our money," says Goad. "I realize the importance, and it's a street that I've wanted fixed for a long time, but I don't think that we need to spend that kind of money to put in a cement base to put the bricks on top of it."
To save money on the project, the City proposed putting a median in the street to reduce the number of bricks to be re-laid - which now moves forward with approval.
Due to the relatively expensive nature of the repairs - which originally had a budget of 270-thousand dollars - the City says it will pay for the project out of the Motor Fuel Tax Fund.
Public Works Director Larry Cox said there are a few less expensive options the Council could consider.
"You could go in and resurface it with an overlay of asphault," says Cox. "You could rebuild it with a concrete surface or even a stamp brick type of look in the concrete - although on close inspection it doesn't look like the same bricks that are there."
Cox said using the secondary options would save at least 100-thousand dollars.
Aldermen were questioning the costs associated with the project because the repairs don't measure an entire City block.
When the public was given a chance to speak on the matter, Landmark Commission Chairman Paul Stewart said that brick streets are a very unique item.
"In this case where this very short block in front of a local landmark, the Central Congregational Church, I think the money is well spent," Stewart says. "In the long-run, restoration of brick streets lasts much longer than overlay of the more conventional streets."
Concerns about completing the repairs before Galesburg events such as Knox College's Graduation as well as Railroad Days was brought forward.
City administration says that issue is manageable and that there would be sufficient time to set up detours. Work on the street is scheduled to start in May.
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