Council discusses IDOT project and possible sports complex renovations

Improvement projects was the biggest topic of discussion at Monday night’s Red Bud City Council meeting.

The first discussed was the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) resurfacing project on State Route 3. It was noted that this project would span from the Monroe County Line to Ruma. IDOT has the project in their proposed highway improvement program for fiscal year 2020.

Presented to the council was a resolution for the materials, a participation letter for the city and resolutions for construction and permanent easements.

City Superintendent Josh Eckart explained further, noting that the easement documents pertained to the area around the bridge at Ratz Memorial Park. The easements are necessary to participate in IDOT’s resurfacing program.

In addition, the city’s participation includes sharing in the cost of the work for the parking lanes along Route 3 inside of Red Bud. This will be paid for with the city’s motor fuel funds.

Alderman Kyle Donjon asked when this road project will be done, so people can plan accordingly.

While the date is currently unknown, Mayor Tim Lowry noted that this has been an ongoing project.

For more from the Red Bud City Council meeting, please see this week’s print edition.