EFFINGHAM — Effingham City Council approved several items at its meeting Tuesday. Among them, the council:
- Approved preliminary and construction engineering services to address several issues with the existing roof at the Water Treatment Plant at a cost of $17,500, plus reimbursable expenses estimated at $500.
- Approved a resolution for the city to pay a lump sum of $500,000 from the tax increment financing state sales tax to BB&K Development for Hampton Inn and Suites in Effingham instead of five $100,000 payments. This fulfills the city's obligations for the project.
- Approved a bid in the amount of $198,696.52 for a resurfacing project on Holiday Drive to Effingham Asphalt Company.
- Approved the purchase of a new K-9 German shepard for police patrol and narcotic detection in the amount of $14,000. The cost includes a six-week handler/dog training academy from Top Dogs Police K-9 Academy. Payment will be made from donated funds out of the K-9 fund by the Effingham Police Department. According to Effingham Police Chief Mike Schutzbach, the current K-9 dog is set to retire in mid-November.
- Approved the temporary closing of city streets for the Tourism Department to sponsor the annual Corvette Welcome Fest. Jefferson Avenue from Fourth Street to Banker Street will be closed from approximately 4 to 9 p.m. Sept. 19 for the event.
- Approved the purchase of three Panasonic Toughbook 53 computers through a state bid for the Effingham Police Department. The Effingham City Police Department is paying $10,980 for the equipment that will replace Mobile Data computers that no longer function properly.
For more on the meeting, see Wednesday's print edition.