City Council to vote on CPD renovation items

Corryn Brock, News Editor

The Charleston City Council will vote on two items related to remodeling and renovating the Charleston Police Department. 

The first agenda item would allow the allocation of up to $350,000 of the Tax Increment Financing fund for the remodel and exterior renovation.

The second agenda item is a resolution that would approve a bid for the remodel and exterior renovation from Grunloh Construction from Effingham, Illinois, whose bid amount is $257,000.

Grunloh Construction had the lowest bid amount among three bids including $285,000 from K. Wohltman Construction, Inc. from Effingham, Illinois, and $295,693 from Ed Carter from Charleston.

The council will also vote on an ordinance that would approve the conceptual plan for the Air Evac EMS base on land that will be leased from Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

“Air Evac EMS desires to build a 40’ x 40’ helipad; a 50’ x 40’ hanger; and a 60’ x 24’ modular office to serve as an Air Medical Emergency response service for the hospital located on the main campus of SBLHC,” according to the ordinance.

The council will also vote on a resolution that if approved would approve a bid for 12 self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA) with cylinders and face pieces for the Hazmat and Technical Rescue Teams.

The funds for the items come from the FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant that was recently granted to the Charleston Fire Department.

Three temporary street closures will also be voted on for:

• The Fields Church Neighborhood Party on Oct. 20, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Scare on the Square — Trunk or Treat Event on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

• EIU Homecoming 2019 — 2.5K Race Oct. 26, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. until 9:45 a.m

Following the action items, time is reserved for members of the public to address the council. No action will be taken on matters not listed on the agenda, and the council is not required to take any further action or to discuss the matter further.

The council asks that those who choose to address the council speak into the microphone, limit the presentation to three minutes and avoid repetitive comments.

The council will go into executive session following the regular meeting.

Corryn Brock can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected].