Decatur council approves utilizing $7 million grant for transit system

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Aug. 6–DECATUR — The Metropolis Council on Monday voted 7-Zero to make use of $7 million of a $12 million Illinois Division of Transportation grant to run the Decatur Public Transit System. 

Mass Transit Administrator John Williams stated it is going to pay for automobile upkeep, gasoline, worker salaries and different operational prices.

“That is considered one of a collection of grants that fund our transit operations,” Metropolis Supervisor Scot Wrighton stated.

The grant would require the town to match 35 p.c of the prices, which Williams stated is roofed by concessions and merchandising machines, promoting and different measures.

Extra bills comparable to buying new automobiles or bettering transit come from different funds or grants. A $four.6 million Federal Transit Administration grant allowed the town to interchange public buses over the subsequent 5 years.

Decatur Public Transit operates 15 bus routes and a downtown trolley route. Two buses have been broken by fires in 2016 and 2018, and 4 extra will attain the tip of their helpful lives in 2021. The acquisition of 18 heavy-duty buses was authorised in a 7-Zero vote by the council in April and the primary is predicted to reach in December.

“The buses will come separately as they’re constructed,” Williams stated.

The council additionally voted 7-Zero on a five-year tire lease settlement with Bridgestone Individuals Tire Operations. The lease is paid with funding from each the Illinois Division of Transportation and federal grants.

Different enterprise

Additionally authorised Monday evening was a $192,000 contract with Entrance Vary Environmental to repair structural deficiencies in metropolis sanitary sewers. 9 contractors took out bid packets for the mission and 7 contractors turned in proposals.


Matt Newell, director of public works, stated the mission will concentrate on 43 manholes which can be notably deep and tough to get to. Town is choosing out those which can be having essentially the most hassle with infiltration, Wrighton stated. Town has about 7,400 manholes.

Town additionally authorised in a 7-Zero vote to reimburse the Central Baptist Church as much as $56,000 to increase a 12-inch water predominant to serve their new facility at 1275 West Mound Gilead Highway. The reimbursement makes for a complete of 50 p.c of the mission prices.

“Town is seeking to prolong water strains finally anyway so that’s the reason we’d cowl 50 p.c of the fee,” Wrighton stated.

Councilman Invoice Faber voted in favor of the measure, with some reservation, and stated the extension didn’t concentrate on the central core.

“We’re this improvement on the perimeter of our metropolis footprint,” Faber stated. “We ought to be specializing in our central core.”

Councilman David Horn additionally voted sure however acknowledged that there are extra pressing financial improvement issues.

A $98,000 skilled service settlement with CliftonLarsonAllen LLP for auditing providers additionally acquired a 7-Zero vote from the council.

Sister cities college students say thanks

Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe awarded the guests of the Sister Cities program throughout the assembly. Six guests from Tokorozawa, Japan, spent two weeks in Decatur, taking part in a e-book alternate, pool get together and different actions.

The council will maintain a examine session at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday on the Civic Middle and can talk about public security pensions, property taxes and different subjects.

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Contact Analisa Trofimuk at (217) 421-7985. Comply with her on Twitter: @AnalisaTro


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