DANVILLE — The city council's public works committee will consider Tuesday night replacing a majority of the roof on the Vermilion County War Museum for $87,554.
The city owns the Carnegie Building at 307 N. Vermilion St., which houses the war museum and was the Danville Public Library before the library moved into its current building. The city leases the Carnegie Building to the war museum for $1 a year, according to Public Works Director Doug Ahrens, and according to the lease, the city is responsible for the exterior of the facility.
The Danville City Council's public works committee will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the city council chambers in the lower level of the Robert E. Jones Municipal Building, 17 W. Main St. The committee will be considering the museum roof, a new five-year solid waste plan that includes fee increases and employee cuts, and the donation of a piece of property on North Vermilion Street.
"They provide a community attraction and education facility that's great for us and puts a beautiful old building into good use," Ahrens said.
The city received two bids on the project. The $87,554 low bid was submitted by Advance Wayne Cain and Sons Roofing and Sheet Metal in Urbana, and the other bid was $151,500 from Meyer Roofing Inc. of Springfield.
Ahrens said it will be a labor-intensive job due to the design of the building's red- shingle mansard roof, which doesn't have a lot of flat areas to put materials. He said public works always likes to see three to four bids on a project, but it's difficult to tell what contractors are busy. In regard to having no local bids, Ahrens said generally the city does not receive many local bids on flat roof systems, and few local vendors will bid on the city's shingle-type roof jobs, because of the prevailing wage requirements and other paperwork requirements.
In addition to the roof bids, the public works committee also will be considering the donation of a piece of property on North Vermilion Street and considering for action the newly proposed five-year solid waste plan that was presented as an informational item last week to the full city council.
The property at 3591 N. Vermilion St. is an undeveloped piece of land, likely less than an acre, according to the city's corporate counsel, David Wesner, that's between the vacant former CiCi's pizza building at 3595 N. Vermilion St. and the vacant former Pizza Hut building at 3585 N. Vermilion St. Wesner said the chunk of property is owned by a bank that likely got it in a foreclosure and has tried to get rid of it and can't, so they've offered it to the city as a donation. He said it's not part of any current development project.
Due to this piece of property's position adjacent to the two currently vacant commercial properties, Wesner said, it's very likely that any future developers considering the other two properties would be interested in this piece as well, and the city would be in a position to work with the developers on providing this piece of property.
The new five-year solid waste plan that the committee will consider Tuesday night would maintain residents' current $18 monthly garbage fee through the city's next fiscal year, which ends April 30, 2013. But the fee would increase in the remaining years of the plan to $23.50 by the fifth year. To make up for the loss in revenue that will occur by freezing the monthly fee through April 2013, the plan also includes cutting two full-time solid waste employees.
The plan also includes other fee hikes, including increasing the annual yard waste sticker to $25 this year and to $40 by the fifth year, and charging $75 for special garbage pickups larger than 150 cubic feet and charging $20 for all second and subsequent special pickups at or below 150 cubic feet. Also, $30,000 in solid waste revenue generated by the monthly solid waste fee would no longer be used to cover some of the city's expenses associated with building demolitions.
The public works committee will vote on the plan Tuesday night, and the full city council would then consider it for final approval next week.