Neighborhood revitalization including demolition of dilapidated structures a focus of next Decatur City Council meeting
Neighborhood revitalization will be a main area of focus for the next city council meeting on Monday, April 5 at 5:30 PM. Demolition of blighted properties, adult education training programs, mowing of vacant lots, improvements of the Center St. Bridge over Stevens Creek, and purchase of two new hybrid trolleys through CARES Act funds are among 22 agenda items to be voted on at the meeting. Below is more information about demolition of dilapidated structures and mowing of vacant lots.
DEMOLITION PROCESS FOR 17 UNSAFE AND ABANDONED STRUCTURES TO BEGIN
When a structure is declared unfit for human habitation and repairs to the structure are not made, demolitions are performed. Through a “Resolution authorizing action regarding unsafe structures”, the city council will authorize the initial steps toward demolitions of these dilapidated structures. In addition, the city will be authorizing the demolition of two vacant commercial apartment buildings at 704 W. Wood St. and 722 W. Wood St.
In addition to demolitions, the council is likely to approve four contracts for mowing of vacant lots. Approximately 900 lots will require mowing at a projected total cost of $459,000.
DECATUR CITY COUNCIL ELECTION IS TUESDAY, APRIL 6
Decatur’s Consolidated Election including voting for city council, school board, and park district will take place on April 6. More information about the election including registering to vote and looking up your polling location can be found at the Macon County Clerk’s Office website: http://www.co.macon.il.us/voting-election-information/
CITIZENS ARE ENCOURAGED TO PROVIDE FEEDBACK TO CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS
If you would like to discuss these or any other issues with a city council member, phone numbers and email addresses for each council member can be found at the following link: https://www.decaturil.gov/mayor-and-council/council/.
PLEASE EXPRESS YOUR VIEWS AT CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS
Meetings take place at the Theater located on the second floor of the Decatur Civic Center (1 Gary K. Anderson Place). Free parking is available in the lot immediately south of the entrance. Citizens are encouraged to attend meetings and express their views. Citizens are allotted 3 minutes per person near the beginning of each city council meeting. In addition, citizens can provide comments regarding one regular agenda item per meeting for up to three minutes provided they notify the city in advance (and prior to the start of the meeting). You can request to speak on a particular agenda item at a council meeting by filling out an on-line form at: https://www.decaturil.gov/mayor-and-council/advance-request-to-speak-at-council-meeting/.
AGENDAS FOR CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE
An agenda and information about each agenda item for each city council meeting can be found at: https://www.decaturil.gov/mayor-and-council/council-meetings/.