Gibson City OKs completion of first phase of development

GIBSON CITY — Council members approved the completion of Phase I of Railside Estates by Pinehurst Developers, a division of Brady Homes of Bloomington.

City Superintendent Randy Stauffer said the retention pond grass cover now has a good stand but will need spring weed control. The development otherwise was completed three years ago.

Developers also requested approval of an amendment to Phase IIA of the development, which involves 11 lots at the back side of the golf course. The request would allow developers to proceed with building but delay paving the streets until June 15, 2013. Council members were not comfortable with the proposal without specifying the amount of the bond to cover the paving cost should the developers default. Action on the request was tabled until the council's next meeting on Nov. 12.

In other business, Police Chief Steve Cushman said he has been talking with the Illinois Department of Transportation about traffic safety on Illinois 9 near the city's industrial park.

The problem is, trucks are lined up at One Earth Energy ethanol plant. "It's no one's fault," Cushman said, "just the nature of the business."

The state has sole authority to set speed limits on state highways. Any reduction in speed limit would be permanent, not seasonal, Cushman said.

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