Yorkville Hill Landscape

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The Yorkville City Council meets tonight at 7:00 p.m. for their regularly scheduled meeting.

As WSPY reported over the weekend, Jim Jensen will be sworn-in as the city's new police chief tonight and aldermen are expected to vote on a $140,000 annual salary and contract for Jensen.

More discussion will also take place on the potential sale of the Old Kendall County Jail on W. Madison St., though, as of council documents being posted, a finalized contract to be voted on was not on the agenda.

Meanwhile, aldermen have other business to address tonight, as well. On the agenda is the approval for Yorkville to join in a memorandum of understanding to the viability and cost of a bike sharing system through a program under Kane Department of Transportation and the Kane/Kendall Council of Mayors.

KDOT is looking into a program to develop a countywide bike sharing system that could branch out. The anticipated launch of the system is in August of 2020. The MOU doesn't require the city to take part in the program but essentially provides a chance for further consideration.

Also on Tuesday's agenda is a request to go out to bid on a Request for Proposals, looking into a downtown landscaping hill project along Bridge St. between Van Emmon and Fox Streets near the historic Kendall County Courthouse.

The city has budgeted $50,000 for the RFP on the potential project in FY20. According to council documents, the project would include a retaining wall sign with the city name, plantings, a pergola, benches and additional landscaping. The total cost of the full project is estimated at $566,000 but staff is proposing a scaled down scope of the plan, bidding out around $50,000 in FY20 for the RFP.

That amount is a limited scope of the plan, including the retaining wall and surrounding base landscaping.

Additionally, a park board recommendation and budget amendment to install a $20,000 boat launch in Riverfront Park on the east side is on the agenda. Parks and Recreation Director Tim Evans says an increase in small fishing boats wanting to go north of the white water course created an unsafe launch area between the canoe and kayak launch and the fishing pier.

Yorkville City Council meets tonight at City Hall on Game Farm Rd.