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Sycamore to discuss proposed capital improvements

Published: Sunday, March 2, 2014 11:26 p.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 12:08 a.m. CST

SYCAMORE – Capital improvements totaling about $5.2 million will be discussed at today’s Sycamore City Council meeting.

About half of that, just under $2.7 million, will pay for the city’s street maintenance program, according to City Manager Brian Gregory.

He said that money will come from the street maintenance and motor fuel tax funds.

Another $1.5 million will be directed to the second phase of the sewage treatment plant expansion for a centrifuge and excess flow chlorination.

Gregory said when the expansion is complete, it will be capable of treating about 4.9 million gallons a day.

Currently, the plant treats about 3 million gallons daily.

Funds for phase two of the expansion will come from the sewer impact fee fund.

The city’s capital fund will pay for about $36,000 worth of sidewalk repairs, Gregory said.

Nearly $430,000 will be spent from sales tax distributive funds to replace what Gregory calls rolling stock – police vehicles, fire and other city vehicles.

“We have a systematic rotation to make sure our maintenance costs don’t exceed the value of the vehicle,” Gregory said.

He said the city also is looking to replace its phone system and update the city’s website.

“It’s difficult to say when the website will be redesigned,” Gregory said. “We’ll start looking at proposals after the start of the city’s fiscal year on May 1.”

Gregory said he looks to make the new website more responsive and easier to navigate.

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