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June 16, 2019

5/16/2019 10:31:00 AM
City council moving ahead on Allen Sanitarium demo
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Robinson City Council squared away a few items on the former Allen Sanitarium during its meeting Tuesday.

During a previous meeting, the city agreed to buy the abandoned property with the goal of demolishing it.

Tuesday, aldermen agreed on a payment to redeem taxes for the property. They also received a quote for asbestos removal and began seeking bids for the building's demolition.

"It's been a long time coming," Alderman Jim McKinney said.

McKinney said payment is needed for the building's taxes from 2016 and 2017. He said the city hoped for an abatement, but it did not work out that way.

The council approved the motion to pay the $6,008.24 in property taxes.

Before the building is demolished, the city will have to remove asbestos in the main part of the building and the basement. Asbestos tiles will need to be removed as well.

McKinney said it would take about four days and cost $11,425. The council approved the motion, as well as one to waive a bid limit because the cost exceeded $10,000.

As for the demolition, McKinney's motion to seek bids and have those bids returned by 10 a.m. Friday, May 31, was approved by the council.

Meanwhile, with summer around the corner, seasonal businesses will open soon. Robinson Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lisa Schaefer announced it is time for annual farmer's market to begin.

Schaefer said Leadership Crawford County will be taking over the market this year and the group hopes to include cottage goods and artisan crafts among the items.

"It could be a potentially bigger event that what it has been in year's past," she said.

The event will run on Saturday mornings from June 1 through September. Schaefer said this scheduling is vital because of less traffic on Saturdays and conflicts with those traveling to the Crawford County Courthouse for business.

The City Pool will open for the summer Saturday, May 25.

Parks and Recreation Superintendent Mike Shimer said pool rentals are being made at a fast pace and August rentals are completely sold out.

Shimer's request for a pool vacuum was also approved at a cost of $3,300 from Spear Corp.

Shimer also recommended changing the terms of a park employee's status. Mark Blagrave's change from seasonal to part-time help was approved.

A work cart was also approved for purchase from Holt Backhoe at a cost of $6,700. Shimer said city engineers have volunteered to support the material's installation.

In other business, the council approved a CDAP loan to Illiana Rentals Inc. for property at 115 W. Walnut, the Woodworth Insurance building. Illiana will be renovating the property, as well as 111 W. Walnut, the former Goodwill store.

With some concerns about spring cleanup items not being retrieved in recent weeks, Mayor Roger Pethtel had an explanation for the issue. Pethtel said one of the city's trucks broke down and was unable to make its planned pickups. The truck has been repaired and will continue on its unfinished route soon.

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