East Peoria accepts utilities bid for Holiday Inn project

EAST PEORIA The City Council on Tuesday approved a construction bid to bring water, sewer and other utilities to the site where a Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn will be built and, city officials hope, attract more businesses to the area.The improvements are part of an incentive package the city gave to Frontier Hospitality Group LLC to build a Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Express next to Bass Pro Sports. The city awarded the bid of $482,326 to G.A. Rich & Sons of Deer Creek.

It was the lowest of three bids and almost half the amount of the highest bid.Commissioner said bringing utilities to the area benefits not only Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn, but future buyers of other lots in the area the city now owns. (The utilities) will be available to the purchasers of the other lots the city owns, Jeffers said at Tuesday s regular meeting of the City Council. (Making improvements) is fairly common in land development.The work includes the site s water, sanitary sewer and other utilities, minor earthwork and miscellaneous site restoration as designed by Midwest Engineering Associates.What it doesn t include is work needed to prepare the hotel s foundation, built on top of an old fly ash landfill. For that work the city offered to abate 40 percent of the hotel group s real estate taxes for 15 years to generate no more than $830,000.In other business the council:n Approved an agreement with the Illinois Department of Transportation to modernize and improve the electrical control cabinet for the traffic signals at Main and Washington streets. The total cost of the project is $270,250. The city s portion is just $1,426.n Approved an agreement with AMEC Foster-Wheeler Environmental Engineering to provide quarterly ground-water monitoring and reporting at the former RS Wallace Power Plant fly ash landfill, now the site of the Bass Pro Shops and Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn development, at a cost of $19,700. The monitoring and reports are required by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.The city is required to continue to monitor the site until it receives the final determination from the IEPA to terminate the closure permit.n Approved the purchase of 23 computers, 15 monitors and other computer equipment for city staff from PTC Select for $21,543.n Adopted new rules for public comments at public meetings, including limiting comments to less than five minutes, restricting comments to matters relevant to the council, board or commission meeting and allowing the chairman of the meeting to grant additional time at the request of any member of the council, board or commission.n Announced new rules to Clean Up Week, beginning Oct.

5, to try to reduce the amount of garbage being brought into the city from other communities. Commissioner Dan Decker said public works employees will only pick up an amount of discarded goods that can fit on a piece of plywood 4 feet wide by eight feet long.Page 2 of 2 – Items they won t pick up include TVs, computers, small electronic appliances, tires, water heaters and softeners, construction and hazardous waste, yard waste and white goods. Employees will be given the discretion to leave items behind if they think they might have been collected from other communities.The city does two Clean Up Weeks, one in the spring and one in the fall.Scott Hilyard can be reached at 686-3244 or by email at shilyard@pjstar.com.

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