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The Gilman City Council has its July meeting.

A bookkeeping matter was taken care of by the Gilman City Council.

The board approved setting up the transferring of the monthly payment of the North Thomas project. The board had its regularly scheduled July meeting Monday evening.

There’s an electronic transfer of $27,268.58 per month from the general fund to the 2019 Debt Service Fund to cover the loan payment. Then, an electronic withdrawal by Prospect Bank for the same amount will be taken from the 2019 Debt Service Fund. Mayor Rick Theesfeld said this wasn’t done for the South Main project, but accountants pointed out it needs to be done for this project.

It also approved the $325,835.03 payment to Iroquois Paving for the North Thomas project.

Another transfer was approved — $15,000 from the general fund to the road and bridge checking.

Theesfeld gave an update on the North Thomas project.

He said, “The project is at a standstill.”

He said crews are waiting for the gas company to lower lines before work can continue. Ameren is about done with its line work.

It was estimated the project would be completed Aug. 16, but it likely will now be the end of August. He said Iroquois Paving told him that once it does start pouring then “(the work) will take off”.

While Iroquois Paving is in town working on the North Thomas project, the city asked for an estimate for 1,175 lineal feet of sidewalk removal.

Theesfeld pointed out the cost of $59,500 was more than he expected.

“They’re here now for the bigger job and this is a smaller job,” said alderman Randy Eimen. He said the next time the city were to ask for an estimate it’ll likely cost more.

Theesfeld said he would like to look at the city’s finances to make sure it has enough to cover the expense, especially with building demolitions planned. “I’m sure we can come up with the funds.”

The council also approved the purchase of trees.

Theesfeld said the city received $10,000 in a grant Eimen wrote for through the Mary Helen Roberts Trust. This plus $5,000 received from Cargill and a $1,249 donation given by Gilman’s Rotary Club, which is dissolving, will be put toward the $20,000 estimate Eimen obtained from Tholen’s.

The rest of the funds, about $4,000, will be paid for with city funds.

“We need to determine where (the trees) will go. There’s others to remove,” said alderman Mike McGehee.

Also approved at the meeting,

— A liquor license for the Iroquois West Boosters for its Aug. 17 cash bash.

— The yearly appropriations ordinance.

— The resignation of alderman Fred Voigt. The Aug. 13 meeting will be his last. The retired Gilman police chief will be moving to South Carolina to be closer to family. Eimen said, and it was the consensus of the council members, “Hate to see you go.” Theesfeld and the council will work on finding someone to appoint as his replacement.