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Tuscola City Council approves replacing water pumps

By Kendra Hennis 
The meeting of the Tuscola City Council was called to order at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, August 9. 

Following approval of the consent agenda, the council approved waiving the formal bidding for the Sadorus Pump Station Rehabilitation as well as a contract with Engineered Solutions Midwest for Sadorus Pump Station Rehabilitation. In January, the council approved a proposal for the replacement of one pump at the Sadorus Pump Station on the Joint Agency Line. It was later determined that the original pumps were not sized correctly for current operational conditions, so an effort was undertaken to identify the appropriate pump sizing based on the modeling that was recently commissioned. This contract will replace all three pumps at the station in the amount of $182,649.35, which will be paid entirely in Joint Agency Funds. 

The council also touched on the notice put out on social media earlier this week that August 8 was the last day for the Tuscola swimming pool this year. Unfortunately, several staff members were quarantined which left insufficient staffing for the final planned week. However, this exact circumstance was anticipated and planned for, and the main reason that the city did not offer family passes for the year. City Administrator Drew Hoel noted that he was “pleased that they were able to make it through the season with so little disruption.” 

The council also:
* Approved the minutes of the July 26 meeting.

* Approved the payment of bills in the amount of $151,392.32.

* Approved a pay request from Block Field Tilling for the Old Street Shed Demolition in the amount of $11,000.

* Approved a Community Building Lease with Alcohol for the TCHS Alumni Reunion on September 24, 2021.

* Approved a Community Building Lease with Alcohol for Toni Little for a Wedding Reception September 17-18, 2021.

* Approved the TCHS Class of 2022 Overnight Use of Wimple Park on August 16, 2021.

* Approved the TCHS Class of 2022 placing a Portable Skating Rink in the Senior Center Parking Lot on December 4, 2021. 

* Approved a Professional Services Agreement with Francis Engineering for Progress Boulevard Extension in the amount of six percent of construction costs.

* Approved Ordinance 9 pertaining to the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund. The State of Illinois has released the sign-up process for access to the allocation of American Rescue Plan Act finds. The City of Tuscola’s allocation is $593,124.59, and these funds can be used for certain, limited purposes in accordance with the Act. Half of the allocation will be distributed in the next month or so, with the remainder to be distributed one year later. These funds must be expended by the end of 2024.  

* Adjourned at 7:47 p.m. until the August 23 meeting.

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