Additional angled parking on Lisbon Street in Sandwich, on the north side of Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion, may not be added if easements aren’t signed by Willow Crest owners and returned to the city of Sandwich.
At a recent city council meeting, aldermen learned from Director of Public Works/City Engineer Tom Horak that construction was to begin late this past week on the Lisbon Street reconstruction project (from Green to Main streets). The project includes installing new sewer and water mains, as well as improving the street and adding parking.
The city has requested an easement from the owners of Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion that will allow the construction of a sidewalk along the south side of Lisbon Street, closer to the Willow Crest structure than the existing sidewalk. If the sidewalk is moved closer to the structure, the city plans to replace the present parallel parking on the south side of Lisbon Street with angled parking to provide more parking spaces.
Easement and maintenance agreements between the city and the property owner’s attorney have gone back and forth, with changes made several times. Horak said he has also made contact by telephone. Mayor Rick Olson said he would call them as well.
Approved by the council was the proposal from Etscheid, Duttlinger & Associates Inc. of Ottawa for engineering construction services of the Lisbon Street project in an amount not to exceed $49,140.
It was announced that the Pratt Road bridge program application (for fiscal 2022) was not selected by the Illinois Department of Transportation. The next application cycle will be in September, according to Horak.
Also announced by Horak was the application for reimbursement for the city’s work on traffic signals. Requested was $2,149 for July 1, 2016, up to the present and $433 for prior to July 1, 2016, as part of a IDOT traffic signal maintenance agreement.
Alderman Les Redden reported he called Illinois state offices to make sure city retailers were notified about the additional 1 percent city sales tax that's to be added, effective July 1. He was told that retailers were notified by paper if they pay state sales taxes by paper, and notified electronically if they pay state sales taxes electronically.