City Council to vote on agreements

Corryn Brock, News Editor

The Charleston City Council will vote on the execution of three agreements during its meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

One is for the second phase design engineering for a project meant to development Community Drive, Recreation Drive, and the City property south of Sister City Park.

If approved, the agreement would be with Consolidated Services and will cost the city up to $130,000.

According to the agreement, Consolidated Services will be responsible for:

Make such detailed surveys are as necessary for the preparation for detailed roadway plans.

Make complete general and detailed plans, special provisions, proposals and estimates of cost and furnish the city with five copies of the plans, special provisions, proposals and estimates. Additional copies of any or all documents, if required, shall be furnished to the city by the engineer at their actual cost for reproduction.

Furnish the city with survey and drafts in quadruplicate of all necessary right-of-way dedications, construction easement and borrow pit and channel change agreements including prints of the corresponding plats and staking as required.

The city will also vote on obligating Rebuild Illinois Funds for the second phase of the engineering design for the project.

A vote will also be had for the city’s mow services.

Currently the city is in a contract with Scotty’s Lawn Care, Inc. who is responsible for the maintenance and mowing of certain small and large parcels owned by the city.

The city is recommended to approve the agreement after Scotty’s Lawn Care, Inc. Has adequately provided their services since their last agreement with the city was voted on. The last vote was held on Feb. 6, 2018 and was approved with a 4/5 vote.

The agreement will be for around $73,318.87 each year. An estimated $84,220.85 for small parcels, $119,323.58 for large parcels and $16,412 for new parcels will be spent over the three years of the contract.

The city will also vote on an agreement with ABM Farms for the renting of city land.

The land involved in the agreement is 13.39 acres of tillable property east of the Waste Water Treatment Plant and north of the fire training facility on West Madison Avenue.  If approved, ABM Farms will lease the land for the cash rent of $150/acre for the period of April 1, 2021, to March 31, 2024.

The land will be used for growing crops.

Charleston Mayor Brandon Combs will also be declaring April 19 a day of celebration to honor the 100th anniversary of the Governor Edward Coles-Sally Lincoln Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. 

The Daughters of the Revolution is open to women 18 and older regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background so long as they can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution.

According to the proclamation, “… members of the Governor Edward Coles—Sally Lincoln Chapter over the years have devoted thousands of hours of service to community projects that perpetuate the goals of the organization…the GEC—SL Chapter continues to recognize the heritage of the community by locating and marking graves of Revolutionary War soldiers & their relatives in Coles County; marking Abraham Lincoln-related sites in the county; encouraging historic programs in schools; assisting veterans and active military through various programs; and by increasing awareness & knowledge of the U.S. Constitution.”

The mayor will also announce the re-appointment of Jessica Meadows to a three-year term on the Charleston Carnegie Library Board of Trustees.

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. Public comment can be made or submitted remotely via email to [email protected] Those interested in submitting public comment should send emails prior to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday and indicate in the subject line: CC: 03/02/2020, so the city clerk knows the email is public comment for the meeting.


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