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Sycamore City Council recognizes NBA Junior Skills Challenge winner

Public Works bids totaling $115,845 also approved

Grace Amptmann, 11, is presented a certificate of recognition from Sycamore Mayor Curt Lang on Monday for winning the NBA Junior Skills Challenge Regional. Amptmann joined nine finalists on an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City for the NBA draft week.
Grace Amptmann, 11, is presented a certificate of recognition from Sycamore Mayor Curt Lang on Monday for winning the NBA Junior Skills Challenge Regional. Amptmann joined nine finalists on an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City for the NBA draft week.

SYCAMORE – For the second time in two meetings, the Sycamore City Council has recognized a female athlete for going above and beyond while representing Sycamore.

The council recognized Sycamore resident Grace Amptmann, 11, for winning the NBA Junior Skills Challenge Regional, landing her a spot alongside nine finalists who were invited to New York City for the NBA draft week. Amptmann was all smiles as she showed council members a slideshow of her New York City trip.

“It’s a pretty neat accomplishment,” City Manager Brian Gregory said during the meeting.

Ordinances

The council approved two ordinances Monday, the first to install a stop sign at an accident-prone intersection and the second bringing the city in line with state law on the sale of tobacco products.

The intersection at Parkside and Cloverlane drives is now a stop intersection. Parkside Drive will be a right-of-way street while Cloverlane Drive will have a stop sign.

The second ordinance increased the age at which Sycamore residents can purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21. The fee for violating the ordinance is $100, Sycamore police Cmdr. Steve Cook said.

Considerations

The council approved two considerations for bids totaling $115,845, as well as approving $5,000 for an aesthetics grant.

The Sycamore Public Works Department will add an $85,388 tandem-axle dump truck to replace an older truck in its fleet. The new truck will be used to plow snow and carry needed supplies for city projects and emergencies.

The city has allotted more funding for future bids to outfit the vehicle with a dump body, plow, central hydraulic system, salt brine pre-wet tank and salt spreader, Gregory said.

The council also approved a $30,456.52 sewer maintenance project as required by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

Over the summer, the public works department will perform smoke testing on the sewer system, which is a technique where nontoxic smoke is pushed into the sewer to show where there may be leaks or illegal connections to the system, Public Works Director Fred Busse said. The project is estimated to be completed at the end of August.

The final consideration that the council approved was for a Gateway Improvement Grant for Chelsea McGhee Studios at 942 W. State St.

The grant program is for improving the aesthetics of buildings at the city’s gateway areas by providing money to make exterior improvements.

Owners Ishmael and Chelsea McGhee were awarded a 50% match up to $5,000 from the city that will go toward the removal of two trees, reinforcing the front porch and replacing the sidewalk, among other work.

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