Gibson City goes over estimate in fixing private property

GIBSON CITY — In a short meeting this week, city council members approved repair bills for the roof of a privately owned building at 107 N. Sangamon, even though the total exceeded the amount previously approved.

The council previously approved estimated repairs to the downtown building not to exceed $2,500 at the council's Nov. 26 meeting.

However, the bill from two local firms will be more than $4,000.

City Superintendent Randy Stauffer said the increase is because he followed the roofer's recommendations to install completely new flashing rather than do spot repairs. He said he was advised the patch repairs would likely leak.

That meant that in addition to the $3,764 bill from roofers K&K Coating, Stauffer said, he had to spend about $300 for steel flashing from JC Plumbing & Heating.

"I didn't realize it would be that much over" the estimate, Stauffer said.

Alderman Dean Kidd made the motion to approve payment for the work, this time not to exceed $4,200. Kidd said he would expect Stauffer to be more careful with estimates in the future.

As part of Kidd's motion, City Attorney Marc Miller was directed to file the total cost as a lien against any future sale of the property.

The location is currently empty with an absentee owner. It previously housed Loy's Dime Store and Silver Lion Antiques.

Alderwoman Barb Yergler voted against the approval, having previously indicated she opposes the city spending money on property that it doesn't own.

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