Yorkville City Council vote pending on new city hall work

The Yorkville City Council will vote on the general floor plans and cost estimate of its new city hall building on Sept. 28.

During the most recent council meeting on Sept. 14, Bart Olson, city administrator for Yorkville, shared a recommendation for the project in the amount of $7.3 million, plus an additional $500,000 in alternates.

Upon City Council’s approval of the recommendation, the project will be able to move forward to the bidding phase.

“Everything in the plan and the schedule is ready to be voted on as far as setting the architect fees and proceeding toward construction documents and bidding,” Olson said. “We assume you want to take the meeting to absorb all the information, think about it and formulate questions before we get to that next meeting.”

The council voted last fall to approve the purchase of the three-story office building at 651 Prairie Point Drive at a cost of $1.9 million to serve as a new city hall and multi-use government building.

In other business, the council appointed deputy city clerk Jori Behland to the position of city clerk.

Behland had been handling city clerk duties since earlier this summer.

“I think she’s extremely qualified,” Mayor John Purcell said of Behland. “She’s done a fantastic job these last couple of months.”

Purcell also proclaimed Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week and asked the city’s residents to “reaffirm the ideals the framers of the Constitution had in 1789 by vigilantly protecting the freedoms guaranteed to us through this guardian of our liberties.”

He also shared some news from Tim Evans, director of parks and recreation for the city, regarding the upcoming Kiwanis Yorktoberfest on Oct. 2 while praising the recent Yorkville Hometown Days Festival held over the Labor Day weekend.

“We had a great turnout and the weather was fantastic,” Purcell said. “I saw several of you out there. It was fantastic. People were excited to be out.”

Yorktoberfest will feature live music, cold beer and family-friendly activities at Riverfront Park, 301 E.Hydraulic Street in the city’s downtown. The event is free with Bon Jovi tribute band Bad Medicine scheduled to headline.