The Gibson City Council met on Monday, August 25th.
Gary Stroh of 910 North Melvin St. reported to the Council that a six inch drain line coming into his property was tied into a two inch line that was installed by mistake by an engineer that was contracted by the city. Superintendent Randy Stauffer told the Council about other areas of Gibson City (North Lott Blvd. and Meadow Rue Dr.) where additional work needs to be done as well. Money for the projects is in the budget and were approved by the Council.
The owner of Black and White Confections, Jennifer Thomas, talked to the Council about the city sponsoring the "Gibson City Harvest Festival." Thomas, who is a member of the Revitalization Committee asked if a Council member could serve on the committee. No exact date for the festival in 2015 has been set. It would be held in the downtown area and would incorporate food vendors, music, and other family-friendly activities. After formation, the committee would seek additional sponsorships and participation from other interested groups. The Council asked Thomas to provide more information about the event at a later date.
The owner of the building where Gibson City Meats and Deli is operating, Mick Bradbury, asked the Council about the removal of the two buildings directly north of his property. Bradbury asked, "Are you tearing down these buildings? I'm sure you're thinking about protecting my building at the same time, right? You're going to give him the money to do it. What about the other two buildings?"
"When you bring that down, you have some kind of plan about what you are doing about the other two buildings," Bradbury continued.
Mayor Dan Dickey informed Bradbury that the city is not tearing down the buildings. The demolition will be handled by Lee Excavating and was hired by Randy Arends, the operator of Gibson City Meats and Deli, to do so. The city is helping with the cost of the demolition.
Alderman Dean Kidd asked Bradbury if he had any conversation with Arends about the demolition. Bradbury inquired about a certification of insurance and if the city had one for this project. Dickey suggested a meeting between all parties involved. Bradbury felt that the neighbors of the condemned property should have been informed about this action and that it was a good idea the buildings be removed.
In old business, the consideration of downtown signs was tabled until the next Council meeting.
In new business, the Council approved the planning committees recommendation to allow Mike and Jennifer Carley to sell a portion of their property to Phil and Megan Whitehouse for the purpose of building a private residence. The property will have access to city water and sewer. The Carley's attorney, Ellen Lee reported to the Council that Carley has no plans to sell or develop any other lots located on their property.
The Council approved garbage hauler permits. Police Chief Steve Cushman told the Council that the department will keep an eye out for leakage from garbage trucks on city streets and will take appropriate action.
The Council went into executive session to consider the employment and compensation of city employees. After returning to open session, the Council approved the hiring of Jonathan Dassow as a part-time police officer at the rate of $16.13 per hour.
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