Villa Grove moves demolition of former police station along

Villa Grove moves demolition of former police station along

VILLA GROVE — The city council put the final touches on the demolition contract and signed the papers for the demolition process of the former police station to begin.

The council needed to approve the addition of an asbestos inspection by a certified inspector before Franzen Construction could begin the demolition.

The council agreed to have Franzen perform the inspection for $550. With this modification, the contracts have final approval and the city can move forward with removing the condemned building.

The city also is moving forward with plans for a new water treatment plant on the site. Alderman Bob Stipp reported that engineer Tom Overmyer of Phoenix Consulting met with the Public Works committee and suggested the city consider getting started on preliminary plans for the water plant and also proposed a water rate survey be conducted.

Overmeyer advised the committee to table the income survey the council had been considering for the last few months until the spring. The cost for the survey could possibly be included in the preliminary planning stage of the treatment plant. He still thinks the survey could help the city qualify for several grants and low-interest government loans.

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JRR wrote on November 27, 2012 at 8:11 am

What a tragic thing to think of a community police department undergoing demolition. Oh wait -- the reporter and headline writer wrote "police department" instead of "police station." One is an organization and one is a building, and word choice can be important.

Mike Howie wrote on November 27, 2012 at 10:11 am
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Good point. Thanks!