The city council approved a $132,000 purchase of a former bank parking lot at Second and Marquette streets.
Alderman Tom Ptak said the lot is something “downtown La Salle needs for future parking.”
Peru Federal Bank, which currently controls the lot, was selected among local banks to provide the city a 15-year fixed rate loan at 3 percent for the purchase.
Alderman John Duncan said the city will likely tear down the former bank drive-through structure on the site.
Javier Casas of El Amigo Grill in La Salle requested closing Eighth Street between Tonti and Crosat streets from 4-10 p.m. on Saturday, May 4 for a Cinco de Mayo block party. Casas said he hopes to find a way to include in the party a fundraising activity for La Salle Elementary School District and possibly other local non-profit organizations.
The council approved his request.
Separately, the council approved closing Second Street between Bucklin and Joliet streets from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21 for the annual Cruisin’ La Salle Car Show. The event raises money for La Salle Little League and girls softball.
In other business, the council:
* proclaimed April as child abuse prevention month. Speaking to the council, Nan Butler, development director of Youth Service Bureau of Illinois Valley, said “child abuse is at an epidemic level now in the Illinois Valley.”
* approved a request by Phil Sterba, advisor of Excalibur DeMolay chapter in Peru, to allow his youth group to hold a fundraiser from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, in which they will collect eggs from residents door-to-door that can be bought back for a dollar and smashed over the children’s heads
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