GIBSON CITY — Two vendors were approved to provide oil-and-chip maintenance for city streets. The unusual step was taken to get an estimated four weeks of work done within the vendors' busy schedules before Oct. 15.
AMZ Road Repair of Anchor submitted the lower bid at $7 per gallon of oil. The other bid from Quality Spot Repair of Metamora was $7.25 per gallon.
Council members directed that the higher bidder be used only if the lower bidder cannot complete all work needed in the time period required.
Labor is included in both bids and the city will furnish the chips which will be smaller than those used last year. The city has budgeted up to $40,000 for the work.
In other business, Lara Davis of Strawn was hired as the city's newest part-time police officer. She will be paid the prevailing wage of $16.13 per hour for the work and will start immediately. Davis has served as a full-time officer in Geneva, Ill., and will also remain a part-time officer in Farmer City.