The dirt is moving at the new Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores and Oglesby residents can look forward to additional projects being started this year.
Mayor Don Finley reported Monday that excavation work has begun at the forthcoming truck stop and should be completed in seven to 10 days, weather permitting. He said the travel plaza, which includes a Hardee’s restaurant and tire repair shop, is on pace for completion in about six months.
Two commissioners also announced water and power projects to be launched. The council voted 5-0 to seek bids for replacement of about 350 feet of 6-inch water main along Woodland Avenue, an area that commissioner Dennis Yborra said has been subject to “numerous breaks.” Engineer’s estimate is $95,000 to $100,000. Bids are due Aug. 5.
Commissioner Dom Rivara then announced he anticipated electrical work to be bid later this year to power up the forthcoming County Market supermarket.
Police physical fitness benefit
Separately, the council approved an extension of the police contract that includes a kind of wellness program for officers. The council approved 5-0 a one-year extension that reimburses in full the YMCA membership fee to any officer who takes an annual fitness test.
* The council also will have a July 29 special meeting to approve an appropriations ordinance showing revenues of $15.7 million and expenditures of $17 million. Don’t panic: The city will never raise and spend those funds; an appropriations ordinance merely gives the city authority for emergency expenditures through a worst-case declaration.
* Also, the city made a nice profit off the successful Summer Fun Fest. Finley released figures showing the festival generated nearly $75,000 in receipts and funds continue to straggle in.
* Finally, commissioner Tom Porter urged Oglesby residents having trouble pulling out of their driveways to contact police if on-street parking is blocking their sightlines. Porter said blocked sightlines are hazardous and police will gladly make a determination and take appropriate action.
Tom Collins can be reached at (815) 220-6930 or firstname.lastname@example.org.