PAXTON — The Paxton City Council on Tuesday night will discuss and possibly approve the installation of stop signs at a three-way intersection immediately north of the two-story addition being built on Clara Peterson Elementary School’s east side.
The three signs would stop traffic on Franklin and High streets and Meridian Terrace, with the hope that they will help traffic flow smoother in the area and keep children safer once the school addition opens this fall, Mayor Bill Ingold said.
During a committee meeting last month, Alderman Rob Steiger noted that with the new 63,400-square-foot addition opening, it will most likely mean changes in bus traffic and twice as much of it in the neighborhood surrounding the school.
Also during Tuesday’s meeting, which is open to the public and begins at 7 p.m. in the council chambers on the second floor of City Hall, 145 S. Market St.:
➜ The council will discuss and possibly approve a donation to Show Bus, a public transportation service serving residents of nine counties in rural Central Illinois, including Ford. Last month, the council postponed voting on the proposed donation because there was no representative of Show Bus in attendance, and aldermen wanted to first hear more about how many Paxton residents use the service. A representative was to be invited to attend Tuesday’s meeting. Ingold said Show Bus is designed to help disabled or elderly residents, in particular — or those who do not have “adequate transportation” — get to their doctor’s appointments, the grocery store or Medicaid appointments, for example. The city has made $1,000 annual donations to the organization in previous years.
➜ The council will discuss and possibly approve a list of roads to be repaired using motor-fuel tax (MFT) revenue this summer. Last month, the council’s public works committee reviewed projects that were recommended by Public Works Director Mark LeClair. Most of the projects are east of U.S. 45, but several are on the west side of town, as well.
➜ The council will discuss and possibly approve the purchase of a skidster. A committee of the council recommended last month that the full council approve the trade-in of the city’s 2012 Caterpillar skid steer toward the purchase of a new, larger one. The money is in the public works department’s equipment budget.
➜ The council will discuss and possibly approve repairs to the pavilion at Pells Park.