January 1 will mean the sitting of a new council and mayor. We will have three new council people and a new mayor. Jim Petersen, Angie Schwartz and Brian Bunz will replace Shawn Murphy, Glenda Billerbeck and Jack Boyer. Shawn Murphy will be seated as the new mayor. Our first session will be at 5:30 on January 2.
The city has been awarded the property at 115 Randall Street. We have written a deconstruction grant for deconstructing this property as well as the property at 303 College. We were told to expect to hear on these grants within 90 days, or about February 1, 2012. If we receive the grants, we will begin to deconstruct at this time. If we do not receive the grants, we will either burn the homes or demolish them. In either case, they will be removed.
We are still moving ahead with a couple of our projects. The Memorial Building project has slowed down because it is connected to the well project. We would prefer not to do a large remodeling project in the Memorial Building and then go in later and cap the well. We prefer to have the new well in operation, then cap the well in the Memorial Building. This way we won't have equipment and material messing up our remodeled building. This does not mean we have stopped on our plans for the Memorial Building. I have met recently with the architect and they showed me the plans for the bathrooms. I didn't feel this was important enough to call a meeting and am waiting for the full plans to be presented before a meeting is called. He doesn't seem to be in any rush to get them to me and I haven't pushed knowing the timeline I am contemplating for the well. I expect to hear from him after the holidays and we can get back to our meetings in determining what we want to do.
Hopefully, this will be the year we get our signs up for the Blackhawk Creek water trail. We were awarded the grant over a year ago and I thought they were going to be put up last winter. But last spring, they came and we decided what signs we needed and where we wanted them. Because the IDOT puts them up, they felt, again, it would be this winter that we would see the signs. The signs will be on the highway telling people that we have a launch area at the park. There will also be signs down at the launch area telling those on the creek the mile marker they are at and our site name. I know of several people who kayak or canoe this creek regularly and we are hoping that this will create new activity on this trail.