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Sandwich City Council OKs $200,000 in funding for street, sidewalk repairs

Sandwich City Council members last week approved spending $200,000 for street improvement projects at the request of Tom Horak, city public works director.

Horak submitted a list of several projects to be done with the funds that will come from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

He said work will be completed on Center Street from Mechanic Street to Washington Street.

The work consists of repairing and stabilizing the pavement sub-base, repaving the north half of the road and replacing the north curb and sidewalk. They also will check for water leaks, Horak said.

Work on Main Street, from Second to Lisbon and Sixth streets, will consist of repairing the sidewalks and removing tripping hazards, bringing the sidewalks on both sides of the street into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act standards, Horak said.

He said workers also will remove the asphalt and stabilize the base on Kees Lane from the south end to Griswold Springs.

Work on Wells Street, between Hall and Church streets, will consist of repaving and patching the pavement. Workers also will repair the sidewalks in the same area by removing tripping hazards and bringing the sidewalks up to ADA compliance on both sides of the street, Horak said.

At Sixth and Latham streets, the curb ramps at the northeast and southeast corners will be replaced, he added.

All work is expected to be completed this year.

Police radio system OK’d

In other business, council members approved the purchase of a radio system for the city police department at a cost of $133,956.

There was some discussion among council members about whether they should pay cash for the system or finance it over a three-year period at an annual interest rate of 3 percent.

The financing program was offered by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, Mayor Rick Olson said.

Alderman Les Redden said the interest would total between $3,000 and $4,000 if the city took this plan.

He said he discussed this with the city’s treasurer and she told him the city would not be able to make that much money by investing the money not used until it’s needed for the payments.

Redden said he would recommend paying the full amount for the equipment at the time of purchase.

Alderman William McMahon recommended they make the single payment and it was seconded by Alderman Kevin Kelleher. In favor were Aldermen Cara Killey and Sheryl Chmielewski. Redden voted against the purchase. Aldermen Pete Dell and Richard Robinson were absent from the meeting.

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