City council approves contracts, equipment sale

Amanda Wilkinson, Online Producer

The Charleston City Council approved two contractual agreements for additional services that summed up to $9,100 at Tuesday’s meeting.

Both contractual agreements were made with the Coles County Regional Planning and Development Commission.

The first was made for technical assistance services for $7,000.

Mayor Larry Rennels said the city will use them on an as-needed basis for various services during their one-year contract.

The services include zoning and subdivision assistance, budgeting assistance, motor fuel tax administration, training and workshops, preparing maps and graphics and census assistance.

“It’s billed on a monthly basis on an as-needed basis,” Rennels said. “If for some reason we don’t need them, we don’t pay anything. We won’t spend more than $7,000 in a year without coming back to council.”

The second contractual agreement is a revolving loan fund totaling in $2,100.

“It requires some bookkeeping, some servicing and some payment collecting,” Rennels said.

The council also approved the amendment of TIF grant money for David Easton at 610 Jackson Ave.

The council approved a TIF grant of $3,532 for building renovations on May 6.

“As they were doing the work, they discovered some more work that really needed to be done,” Rennels said. “They were doing some tuck-pointing and some of the bricks had deteriorated to the point where they needed to be replaced.”

The amendment funds an additional $768 for additional renovations.

Easton is matching funds for the renovations, Rennels said.

The council also approved the sale of surplus equipment from the Charleston Police Department and the Charleston Public Works departments.

“It became surplus, in most cases, because we replaced it with new equipment,” Rennels said.

The equipment for sale includes a 2011 Ford Crown Victoria, a 1995 GMC utility pick-up truck, a 1995 GMC flatbed cab truck, a dump truck, a pontoon, a pontoon boat trailer and an old sewer camera.

The council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2 in the council chambers of City Hall.


Amanda Wilkinson can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected].