Thursday, September 13, 2012
City leaders are accepting proposals from people who want to buy the building at 111 W. Madison St. until 4 p.m. Oct. 23.
Yorkville city leaders didn't receive any offers for the old post office building, but now they are seeking offers for the old jail. Aldermen decided Tuesday to accept bids for the former jail at 111 W. Madison St., which a group of residents have been raising money to restore into a museum for about two years. City leaders will accept bids until 4 p.m. Oct. 23 and will open the bids at the City Council meeting that starts at 7 p.m. that day. "I think it’s going to get restored quicker in the private sector than we’re ever going to get it," Ward 2 Alderman Larry Kot said. "If somebody out there wants it and fix it up, I’m all for it." The process will just affect the building, which hasn't been used as a jail since 1992. The city will …
Saturday, August 18, 2012
The city still plans to build a parking lot at 111 W. Madison St., just north of the Kendall County Historic Courthouse.
City leaders have considered several spots to add downtown parking but decided to stick with the old jail site on Madison Street, Mayor Gary Golinski said. The city bought the building, which hasn't been used as a jail since 1992, with state grant money in 2010. The Department of Transportation gave $96,000 to replace public parking that will be removed along Route 47 as the downtown corridor is rebuilt, while the Illinois Bureau of Tourism chipped in $64,000. Since then, volunteers have provided some rennovations to the old jail and twice hosted haunted houses there as fundraisers for future improvements. The plan to build a parking lot and museum there formed before Golinski became mayor, and city leaders more recently had been exploring…
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Some Yorkville aldermen have signed paperwork indicating they work at least 30 hours a week and are eligible for health insurance. Are their offices really full-time jobs?
Did you see the article in last week's Kendall County Record that stated the five aldermen who receive city health insurance certified they work at least 30 hours a week as part of an insurance eligibility audit by Blue Cross Blue Shield? If you missed it, you can read it here. You may have noticed that Alderman Chris Funkhouser (Ward 3) was the only covered officeholder who responded to the Record's request for an interview. Also covered are Aldermen Carlo Colosimo (Ward 1), George Gilson Jr. (Ward 1), Marty Munns (Ward 3) and Rose Spears (Ward 4), according to the article by Record reporter Tony Scott. Alderman Larry Kot (Ward 2) previously accepted the city's medical benefits but declined the coverage starting July 1. Funkhouser told …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
City leaders exploring a $4 million referendum and partnering with the Fox Valley YMCA on an $8 million project.
A possibility for a new recreation facility is emerging as Yorkville leaders consider whether to purchase the REC Center when the lease expires next summer. Leaders are considering seeking a $4 million bond referendum so the city could split the cost of a new recreation facility with the Fox Valley Family YMCA, whose leaders have indicated they plan to build a new facility soon regardless of the city's plans with the REC Center. Alderman Chris Funkhouser revealed the details at Tuesday's Committee of the Whole meeting. Funkhouser led a meeting Monday with YMCA representatives, who are planning to review the idea with that organization's board members. The group did not determine where the building would be, what it would include or how it …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Aldermen reject pursuing a grant to buy land once proposed to store dirt from Route 47 construction project.
Yorkville aldermen soundly rejected a suggestion to pursue a state grant to buy the Evergreen Farms property and build a dog park, amphitheatre and sports fields there. That's the same land where D Construction Management wanted to store and spread clean fill from the Route 47 construction project - a project that aldermen also rejected by denying a special use permit. Since that vote, biosolids (sludge from a sewage treatment plant) was spread on the property. The land sits off Fox Street west of town near Pavillion Road. The city's part board suggested purchasing the property through an Open Space Land Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) grant, which is a state grant, with the city using land along Kennedy Road owned by the Corlands as a…
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Alderman Carlo Colosimo was appointed mayor pro-tem Tuesday.
If Yorkville Mayor Gary Golinski ever is unable to lead a meeting, Ward 1 Alderman Carlo Colosimo will slide into his chair. Colosimo was appointed mayor pro-tem Tuesday night. The current mayor pro-tem, Ward 4 Alderman Rose Spears, nominated him for the position, with a second from Ward 2 Alderman Jackie Milschewski. He was the only person his fellow aldermen nominated. City ordinance requires the aldermen to nominate and vote on the annual appointment at the first City Council meeting in May. Aldermen also approved several appointments suggested by Golinski: The only newcomer was Lane, a Heartland subdivision resident and retired school principal.
Monday, October 3, 2011
Two pockets of properties along routes 34 and 47 ultimately could be forcibly annexed into the city.
Yorkville staff likely will start reaching out to about 18 property owners this week about annexing into the city, City Administrator Bart Olson said. The two areas – one comprised of the lot south of Sunset Motel along Route 47 and the other land on both sides of Route 34 near McHugh Road – are surrounded by land that is already annexed into the city. Both areas ultimately could be forcibly annexed into Yorkville after public hearings and City Council votes. Annexing those parcels would add about 38 acres to the city, generate about $13,445 more in property taxes and garner about $52,000 more in sales tax, Olson said. The new sales tax revenue would be split between the city’s general and sewer funds. Certain services, such as police …
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Yorkville City Council welcomed some new faces, as well as some old faces in new positions, on Tuesday evening.
In the April 5 election, Yorkville voters promoted Alderman Gary Golinski to mayor and ushered in several other candidates who supported him. On Tuesday, the voters' actions were formalized as Golinski's 11-year-old son read him the oath of office - the same oath repeated by City Clerk Beth Warren, Ward 1 Alderman Carlo Colosimo, Ward 2 Aldermen Jackie Milschewski and Larry Kot, Ward 3 Alderman Chris Funkhouser and Ward 4 Alderman Rose Spears. Golinski suggested Kot to fill the Ward 2 alderman space he vacated, and aldermen approved his appointment Tuesday evening. This video is a condensed version - the Cliff Notes, perhaps - of the ceremony held in the council chambers at the United City of Yorkville City Hall.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Ward 1 Alderman Candidate Carlo Colosimo said he accidentally implied that the bike trail referendum would cost $300 a year in property taxes.
Alderman candidate Carlo Colosimo acknowledged he accidentally sent a questionnaire with the wrong figure for the bike trails referendum to about 200 households in Ward 1. The questionnaire was included with campaign materials Colosimo had planned to send to about 800 households with residents who voted in recent municipal elections. Colosimo said he removed the questionnaires from the remaining packets after Corey Johnson, a proponent of the bike trails referendum, brought the error to his attention Tuesday evening. “I obviously screwed up,” Colosimo said Wednesday afternoon. “I just misprinted it.” The question asked: Are you willing to add $300 per year (x 20 years) to your property taxes to include bike trails during our road …
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Candidates for Ward 1 alderman and mayor answered questions at a forum at Heritage Woods of Yorkville on Monday.
Mayoral Candidates Valerie Burd and Gary Golinski, as well as Ward 1 Alderman Candidates Bob Allen and Carlo Colosimo, appeared at a candidate forum Monday at Heritage Woods of Yorkville. An audience member asked them about their ideas for developing business in the downtown corridor along Route 47. The video includes a portion of each candidate's answer.