Threat of cold weather causes DeKalb City Council members to seek speedy approval on construction


Council members asked several questions about the parking plans before voting uananimously to pass the ordinance at the DeKalb City Council meeting, Monday evening.

By Kelly Bauer

Ordinances for the creation of several parking spots and the relocation of a power line passed at the DeKalb City Council meeting Monday.

The two ordinances were discussed at prior government meetings or with DeKalb administrators, and both will require construction work. Because of the construction and the imminent threat of cold weather, city council members and those speaking on behalf of the ordinances sought to get them approved as quickly as possible.

As part of the ordinance, the station will spend $70,000 to move an overhead power line 100 feet east of its current location along West Lincoln Highway. The power line’s move was necessary to the construction of a nearby proposed police station. Funds for the move will come from the $12 million budget for the station, said T.J. Moore, DeKalb director of Public Works.

“Certain federal and state regulatory changes would probably impact this project by $25,000 to $35,000,” said ComEd representative Paul Callighan.

In the future, Moore said he would like to see the power line moved underground, but it would cost about 60 percent more than changing the line’s location. Moore also said aerial lines are quicker to construct and easier to maintain.

Another item approved created a special use permit that creates parking zones at 128 Oak St. and 227 N. Third St. The plans for the parking were revised under applicant Sam Finch following an earlier discussion on the ordinance with the Planning Commission.

“To accompany what was proposed initially would require reconfiguration of Oak Street,” said DeKalb Principal Planner Derek Hiland. “This is for the better, the way it is now.”

Originally, the plans for the site included eight non-straight parking stalls to comply with a recommendation by the Planning Commission, Hiland said. The location of two handicapped stalls also changed. Hiland said lighting also would be installed near the parking spots, and he was confident “it would be compatible with the neighborhood as it develops.”

Council members asked several questions about the plans before voting unanimously to pass the ordinance.

“I’m just making sure this is the long-term solution,” said 2nd Ward Alderman Tom Teresinski.

The next city council meeting will be Oct. 10 at the DeKalb Municipal Building, 200 S. Fourth St.