EFFINGHAM — Effingham City Council Tuesday approved appointing Economic Development Director Todd Hull and City Administrator Jim Arndt to the board of directors for the Effingham County Economic Development Foundation.
According to Mayor Merv Gillenwater, both city officials are good fits for the positions because they are knowledgeable of the financial workings of the city.
The council contributed $25,000 to join the ECEDF, which is an organization that helps bring business into the city of Effingham.
Also Tuesday, the council:
• Approved a recommendation by the Effingham Plan Commission to vacate excessive right-of-way around the old Effingham County courthouse square.
Approximately 30 feet is being vacated from the middle of Jefferson Avenue and Third Street to the grass around what is now the Effingham County Cultural Center and Museum. Also, 15 feet will be vacated from Washington Avenue and Fourth Street to the same location.
The vacation was implemented to simplify the permit process for those holding events downtown. The city owns the entire grassy area now, where previously the county and city shared ownership.
• Approved a resolution to allow Evergreen Avenue to be closed from Outer Belt West to 1901 W. Evergreen, at the entrance to Heartland Peterbuilt, to conduct training for the Effingham Fire Department. The street will be closed on Sat., Oct. 12, until approximately 6 p.m. for several fire apparatus vehicles to be parked on the roadway.
• Discussed a manhole rehabilitation project within the Tax Increment Financing Area 1 district, which is south of Fayette Avenue and east of Henrietta Street. Bids are being received on replacing 77 manholes within that area. The project is being funded by the TIF Local Sales Tax Account.
The rehabilitation involves an epoxy spray on the interior area of the manhole. The spray will add structural integrity, protect the manhole from sewer gases and water leakage.
• Approved a Bi-Annual Equal Employment Opportunity Plan for the City of Effingham. The Federal Government requires the plan to be reviewed and updated at least every two years.
• Approved a resolution to purchase replacements for backwash pump No. 2 and high service pump No. 3. The cost of the pumps are $41,719. The cost doesn't include field service or installation.
• Approved a resolution accepting a quote from CK Power in the amount of $118,629 for four generators as alternate emergency power for lift stations.