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South Broadway project moving forward

Village board approved D Construction for the project

Coal City is getting ready to renovate its downtown along South Broadway. The village board confirmed D Construction as the winning bidder for the project
Coal City is getting ready to renovate its downtown along South Broadway. The village board confirmed D Construction as the winning bidder for the project

COAL CITY – Things are falling into place for this year's planned renovation of South Broadway Street in Coal City.

The Coal City Village Board recently confirmed D Construction of Coal City as the winning bidder for the project.

"It's full steam ahead now," said village President Terry Halliday.

D Construction's bid was for $4,631,410 to complete the reconstruction project as designed. The Illinois Department of Transportation was responsible for awarding the bid but still required the approval of the village board to move forward.

A previous delay caused by the village needing BNSF Railway to sign off on some of the project details because the reconstruction would straddle the railroad running through town. Village administrator Matt Fritz said that had all been cleared up and the project was moving forward.

The board also discussed next steps for applying for Community Development Block grants. Last fall, the village had applied with the assistance of the North Central Illinois Council of Governments for one in order to work on homes in the village that needed costly repairs. The village did not receive that grant, however.

Kevin Lindeman, executive director of the NCICG, said that the deadline to reapply is Aug. 29.

"We were competitive," he said. "We were very close."

Because a lot of the application is already completed, the village and NCICG are now looking into how much work they need to do again in order to reapply for the grants.

Code RED

The village board approved the purchase of Code RED Communications, an application that will allow the village to reach residents in the event of an emergency. Coal City Police Chief Tom Best said the program would allow the village to reach residents via email, phone or text to get out mass communications quickly.

The village had been looking for something like that for several years, but the $4,000 price tag meant it was finally within the budget, Best said. Although the village did not budget for the program until the 2020 budget, Best said the village will begin using the program sooner but won't be billed for it until the budget allowed.

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