Street maintenance funds for FY20 on Sycamore council agenda

March 2, 2019

SYCAMORE – Fiscal year 2020 budget talks will continue with proposed 2019 street maintenance program projects on the agenda for the Sycamore City Council meeting next week.

Sycamore City Manager Brian Gregory said 17 maintenance projects, including surface removal and overlay at Sycamore and California streets, are included in the proposal. If the City Council approves them, staff will be able to prepare bid documents for the projects, and bids likely will go out in April for the concrete sidewalk projects, later in the summer for street microsurfacing, and street crack filling in early fall, he said.

“That’s one of the priorities that council has is to continue to invest in infrastructure,” Gregory said.

Other proposed fiscal 2020 budget subject matters that will be covered Monday include the city’s downtown facade and gateway improvement project. Gregory said one change the city will make is limiting applicants to only one grant per building every three years, as opposed to the current two-year period.

Gregory said there will be no additional costs to residents as a result of these proposed budget items, including no tax raises. He said the facade and gateway programs are funded by the city’s hotel and motel tax revenue, and city road and sidewalk maintenance projects are funded by sales tax, motor fuel tax and video gaming tax revenues.

A public hearing for the full city budget and its first reading is scheduled for April 1. The scheduled second reading and adoption of the budget will be April 15.

Gregory said the City Council also will vote on the city’s updated liquor code, which hasn’t been changed since it was last discussed during the Feb. 18 meeting. He said the council also will vote on collective bargaining agreements for International Association of Firefighters Local 3046 and AFSCME Local 3957.

“After a few bargaining sessions and looking at comparable communities, the state of the economy and our budget, we were able to come up to an agreement that I believe is fair for employees and the city organization,” Gregory said.

The City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at Sycamore Center, 308 W. State St.