The Pontiac Daily Leader reported today:
The City of Pontiac revised its agreement with ATR Recycling and approved selling property at its meeting Monday night.
Originally, the city’s share to help with renovations to the parking lot and roof of the ATR facility was estimated at $43.500. Those figures were revised after discussion.
“This is the second phase work on the Hazel Street project at the old Pontiac Furniture building,” explained City Administrator Bob Karls. “We approved $72,500 in Tax Increment Funds (TIF), which represents about a quarter of the project.”
The deteriorating parking lot will be re-paved and a new roof will be added on the old building.
“This has just been a tremendous project from the stand point that it’s bringing economic life to that building and more jobs,” Karls said.
It is estimated that when the project is complete, another 25 to 40 jobs will be created.
In other business, the council approved an ordinance that will sell plots of land that the city owns.
“This past year we have purchased four dilapidated properties and now we are selling them off,” said Karls. “We’re going to be accepting proposals in the next 30 to 60 days for the redevelopment of those parcels.”
The four properties are located at 517 E. Howard, 403 W. Cleary, 416 W. Cleary and 721 N. Oak Street.
The council was advised that the Red Carpet Corridor would be taking place May 2-3, including the second annual Trunk’n Treasures event will be held in conjunction with the celebrating. Karls told the alderman that requests for space in the municipal lot were filling up fast and it would be larger than last years.
In a meeting that last around 45 minutes, the council:
Approved a request to hold the annual KIDSNIC party on June 21 from noon to 7 p.m. at Chautauqua Park. The free party is celebrating its 16th year.
Approved a request to go out for bids on the lining of the Henry Street sewer project. The lining will consist of five blocks on Henry from Vermillion to Mill streets.
Approved a request by the Parks and Recreation Department to let bids out for concrete work for the Splash Pad that will be constructed later the spring. Parks’ manager Jerry Hayner said the equipment is in and all that is needed is the concrete.
Denied a request to have parking spaces reserved for a wedding at Truth Tabernacle Church on May 2. The individual wanted to reserve parking from the 1100 block to the 1300 block on North Aurora Street.