New Sandwich PD Building and Mayor Rich Robinson

Sandwich Mayor Rich Robinson favors moving forward with the renovation of the Designed Stairs building on E. 6th St. to become the city's new Public Safety building.  The city is applying for a grant to pay the entire $3.2 million for the project. (WSPYNews.com photos by James Wyman)

Sandwich aldermen learned at Tuesday's regular meeting that there are grants available from the state that could pay the entire $3.2 million needed for the renovation of the new Public Safety building at 1251 E. 6th St.

Mayor Rich Robinson told the council that the grant request to the Rebuild Illinois program needs to be mailed as soon as possible.

Robinson said there are 24 other grants that have already been filed, and he favored the passage at Monday's meeting of the $81,000 for the architectural drawings, the hiring of a grant administrator and assistance from Williams Architects in obtaining the grant.

The $137,000 cost of the Williams Architects' drawings was changed by the council at Tuesday's meeting to $73,000 by taking out the $64,000 for construction supervision by Williams.

Mayor Robinson said he wasn't sure if Williams would be agreeable to taking out the $64,000.  Williams has worked with Harbour Construction on other municipal projects.

Alderman Kevin Kelleher favored ieaving the $64,000 in the motion; however alderman Fred Kreinbrink favored taking the $64,000 out.

Here's alderman Kelleher:

Mayor Robinson also announced that State Representative Tom Demmer has informed the mayor that the City of Sandwich will receive a $250,000 grant from the state.  Robinson said he wants to use that money for the new police station.

Robinson said part of the $250,000 grant could be used to defray the cost of the architectural drawings.

Mayor Robinson also announced that the Sandwich City Hall will remain closed on June 2.  Robinson said that the city hall staff favored the continued closure.  Sandwich residents can call City Hall and make appointments with city staff.

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