Committee discusses landscaping options for train station

Committee discusses landscaping options for train station

CARLINVILLE (July 12, 2018) – The city of Carlinville Finance Committee Monday night discussed looking at adding some pizzazz to the landscaping outside the Carlinville Amtrak station.

Mayor Deanna Demuzio admitted it looked a bit unkept with dead grass and no color to highlight the newly opened station.

Any upgrades would need to be made in the fall, it was suggested.

Currently, a few plants highlight the area in front of the train station. Adding rock or other sort of color to the area would give the station a beautification upgrade that members of the committee are looking for.

City officials will be contacting local landscaping businesses to come and offer suggestions and proposals as to how the city can make the area more attractive.

The committee approved the purchase of a new Bush Hog mower for the city, rather than have it repaired.

The old mower is from 2003, and an estimate to have it repaired costs $2,259.25.

A new mower from Sievers Equipment Co. in Carlinville costs $3750. There was sufficient funds for the committee to approve the purchase of a new mower.

David Serrano addressed the finance committee about possibly purchasing 4.5 acres of land on Mayo St., just north of the sewage plant.

The house on the property is in bad shape and Serrano, who grew up in that area and liked the property, had thoughts of perhaps rehabbing the area.

But the city, which owns the property, had bought the property several years ago with the intent to use it as expansion for the sewage plant. The city is not interested in selling the property at this time but thanked Serrano for his interest in the property.

The Illinois Municipal League’s annual conference is set for Sept. 20-22 at the Hilton in Chicago.

Discussion was raised at finance committee on how many council members wanted to attend this year.

Last year, four from the city attended for two nights at a cost of around $4,000, given the travel, hotel and other fees incurred with the conference.

Sarah Oswald, finance committee chair, is a proponent of attending such conferences and said that it should be left up to city members who wants to attend.

“There are a lot of sessions,” Oswald said of the conference. “It is grueling but it’s worth it.”

She suggested getting an idea of who wants to attend, and presenting it to the full council. A motion was made to take to the full council.

The committee discussed possible maintenance and improvements to the town square.

After discussion of a list of items recommended for improvement, it was decided to give the list to public works director Dan Held in prioritizing the list as to which projects should be completed first.

A number of requests for improvement are routine labor and maintenance, but their are significant projects on the list as well.

Those significant projects include staining the roof on the gazebo; staining the floor and railings on the gazebo; replacing the lattice at the base of the gazebo with high quality white plastic lattice; replacing all metal garbage containers around the square with plastic containers; repairing or replacing the door near the electrical sw2itch box and adding four or five big solar lights for the square.

TIF Certificate 8 for $35,546.92 had a motion to take to the full council for approval.

This concerns a redevelopment agreement between the city and Carlinville Associates, L.L.C.