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October 21, 2017

10/12/2017 2:09:00 PM
Council accepts donation for parks department
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Robinson City Council accepted a donation, bought equipment and learned the fate of the city's old street sweeper when it met Tuesday.

The acceptance of a donation from Illiana Multisport was approved at the request of Parks and Recreation Director Mike Shimer. Shimer said the $1,200 donation will be spent on maintenance equipment for the parks.

Dry weather these last few months may have been troubling for some people, but it had a positive impact on construction near the north end of the Lincoln Street bridge recently.

Superintendent of Public Works Lawrence Quick said workers were able to work on bridge's buttress during the dry spell.

"We thought we got to about as dry as we were going to get," Quick said. "We were able to get that concrete poured down there and secured for a lot of years to come."

In related business, the council approved the purchase of a power screed for the street department from Vincennes Industrial, with the cost not to exceed $2,700.

Quick said this is a budgeted item and will help the department be more efficient in pouring tracks of concrete. It is also easier on the back and requires less manpower.

Quick's other request to purchase a Hach SC200 universal meter or controller for the wastewater treatment center was also approved.

This is also a budgeted item, not to exceed $3,000, which will help with the sludge processes. The purchase will be made from Hach Corp.

Ebay proved to be a big help in selling an item recently. Alderman Russell Snider said that the city was able to sell a 1996 TYMCO street sweeper at a cost of $18,100, after placing an ad for it on eBay.

The Robinson Police Department's new drone was approved for purchase after they announced receiving one bid.

Alderman Gene Sinclair said the drone will be purchased from DSLR Pros, Canoga Park, Calif., at a cost of $15,652.17. Sinclair said that a $16,000 donation from Marathon Petroleum, approved during last council meeting, will be used for the purchase.

The council also approved a waste service and recycling contract with Marathon. Alderman Troy Pinkston thanked Quick, city attorney Frank Weber, Mayor Roger Pethtel and Administrative Assistant Deanna Watson for their efforts in finalizing the contract.

Watson also announced that the annual health fair for city employees will be Monday, Oct. 23 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the community center.

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