The city council Tuesday night awarded lone-bidder Glynn’s Demolition and Excavating of Hennepin the project to demolish homes at1239 Crosat St.and1034 Fifth St.on the condition the business successfully completes its current demolition projects in the city and pending final contract negotiations.
Glynn’s was previously hired to tear down homes at228 Crosat St.and359 Wright St.for roughly $11,500. Those demolitions are scheduled to begin soon.
The cost of demolishing the two new homes will be either $18,732 or $16,815, depending if asbestos is present in the homes’ siding.
The city council also approved the schedule for next year’s regular council meetings.
Regular meetings are every other Tuesday at 7 p.m. in City Hall with the exception of Wednesday, Jan. 2. The regular Tuesday schedule begins Jan. 15.
In other business, the council:
*Approved hiring a new police patrolman, Ray Gatza, to fill a spot opened by retiring Sgt. Dave Margis.
*Announced the city’s leaf vacuum service has ended for the season. Similarly, the leaf drop-off site near Rockwell Cemetery will close on Friday.
*Agreed to donate $250 to Illinois Valley Animal Rescue.
*The council granted permission to the Knights of Columbus #1775 to have their annual “Hunger Blitz” at local businesses from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013.
*Proclaimed December as National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month.
*Announced that some photos taken with Santa Claus during Saturday’s Miracle on First Street event are still in City Hall and available to be collected.
Matthew Baker can be reached at (815) 220-6933, or firstname.lastname@example.org.