Several board appointments and repairs were approved by the Jacksonville City Council on Tuesday during its June meeting.
Lana Cook, Darrell Dement, Robert Haberle and Robert Cudd were re-appointed to the Jacksonville Economic Development Corporation Board, while Chad DeVillier was appointed to the board.
Sergio Hernandez was appointed to the Parks Board, and new city councilman Tim McRae was appointed to the Finance Committee.
Tube Fab was recognized as the “Employer of the Month” by JEDCO. The company was recently purchased by Pennsylvania-based Cambridge-Lee Industries and relocated from their building on North Jackson Street to a larger facility on North Bolton Street. TubeFab currently employs more than 12 employees in the fabrication of custom copper fittings used in the HVAC and refrigeration industries.
In other business, a resolution of support for economic development incentices for Zyklus Heat and Transfer, Inc./Lu-Ve Group was approved. The group plans to build a manufacturing plant at 1488 N. Bolton St., producing several hundred jobs in the next five years, according to officials.
Other action taken at the meeting included: z
• The approval of an emergency infrastructure repair work order with Capps-Capco, replacing 400-feet of sewer line on South Jackson Street. This replaces a temporary pump, and relocates the line from underneath the drainage system;
• The approval of a work order with Stokes and Associates to continue investigation (Phase I) into possible damage to sewer infrastructure, and research on how to improve;
• The purchase under the mile-to-mile program, of a combination vac/jet truck. The current has become worn after 15-years of use. Approved with the provision that the city manager shop for a better interest rate;
• The purchase of a portable 1000-gallon fuel tank which can be used at Lake Jacksonville, and also city-wide in an emergency. Approved with the provision that cost does not exceed $20,000;
• An ordinance which gives the city authority to enforce the prohibition of the cutting of flowers at city parks. This is because there has been an issue with visitors cutting flowers at the rose garden, but the ordinance applies to all city parks; and
• An ordinance granting the city manager authority to close Lake Jacksonville in situations concerning public health and safety and enforce closure.
After an executive (closed) session, the council voted to approve: z
• Water and sewer services outside the city limits for a property at 2232 Byrd Road;z
• A 380 agreement outlining property tax rebates for Zyklus Heat and Transfer, Inc./ Lu-Ve Group; and
• To purchase an 8-inch bypass pump. The options are to purchase a used pump with 4,000 hours and a one-year warranty at $36,000 or a new pump with zero hours and a two-year warranty at $58,000. The new pump was decided upon. It was approved with the provision that the purchase price does not exceed $58,000.
Jacksonville City Manager Greg Smith thanked city employees who assisted with the Tomato Fest and grand re-opening of the Historic Tomato Bowl this past weekend. He said the Tomato Fest was “a great event,” and the concert at the Tomato Bowl was “wonderful.”
All members of the Jacksonville City Council were present except Dist. 2 Councilman Jeff Smith.