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Sandwich City Council OKs Center Street streetlight contract

The Sandwich City Council approved a bid from Elmund & Nelson Co. of Elgin this past week to install decorative streetlights along Center Street from Green to Main streets.

The firm submitted a low bid of $137,632.65.

The streetlights will be similar to those erected around the restored Sandwich City Hall/Opera House, at the corner of East Railroad and Pearl streets.

In other action, the council voted to make the requested payment of $281,070 to H. Linden and Sons Sewer and Water Inc., Plano, for the water main replacement project at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad right-of-way at Main and Lafayette streets.

Matters concerning the preparation of the city’s 2017-18 budget were discussed in detail.

Alderman Les Redden estimated the city’s tax revenues between July and the end of the year would see an increase of about $509,000. That figure combines the referendum-approved 1 percentage point sales tax increase and the council-approved telecommunications tax increase that go into effect July 1.

The telecommunications tax, which went from 3.75 percent to 6 percent, is now in line with all other communities, city officials said. The tax is for services such as telephone, cellular, mobile radio and paging.

The council is limiting the number of projects it’s planning to undertake next fiscal year to nine, and at this point expects the budget to have a surplus, not a deficit as last year.

Establishing separate funds as advance planning for equipment replacement and future projects, with interest payments going to those funds, was one budgeting subject the council discussed.

Others matters mentioned were taking bids for office supplies, the amount of money kept in the city’s checking account, and driving to Springfield to hand-deliver the 1 percent sales tax ­ordinance before May 1.

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