By Steve Robinson | April 2, 2018 - 10:40 pm
Posted in Category: Normal Town Council, The Normalite

NORMAL – Normal Town Council members had nothing on their agenda to handle immediately at their regularly scheduled meeting Monday in Council Chambers on the fourth floor of Uptown Station. However, for the next month, Mayor Chris Koos will be taking a leave of absence from his elected position as he undergoes treatment for prostate cancer. He told the session prior to adjourning the meeting the diagnosis came about after receiving the results of Prostate Specific Antigen, or PSA tests he underwent in December.

Koos leave began Tuesday. From Tuesday through April 7, Council Member Kevin McCarthy will handle Mayoral duties, the result of Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Fritzen being on vacation until April 7. Fritzen has the most seniority and serves as Mayor Pro Tem when Koos can’t make meetings.

McCarthy has the next most seniority among Council members, having been first elected in 2012. McCarthy said he wished Koos, 69, “a speedy, easy recovery.”

Koos credited “great family genes” for his health up to this point, adding he had never had any instances of cancer previously. He told reporters he planned on spending his recovery period “catching up on some reading and binge watching.”

In his absence, the two stores Koos owns, Vitesse Cycle Shop and Often Running, located along Linden Ave., he said, will be overseen by “lead managers.”

First Female City Manager: The brief meeting also capped off the first meeting as City Manager for Pam Reece, who succeeded Mark Peterson who retired after 30 years with the Town on March 30. Peterson was, first, assistant city manager for 10 years before becoming city manager for the last 20. Reece is the Town’s first female city manager.

Omnibus Agenda Items Approved: Omnibus agenda items approved by the Council included:

• Approval of the minutes of the public hearing of March 5, 2018.

• Approval of the minutes of the public hearing of March 19, 2018.

• Approval of the minutes of the regular Council meeting of March 19, 2018.

• Approval of Town of Normal expenditures for payment as of March 28, 2018

• A resolution waiving the formal bidding process and authorizing the purchase of a Toro groundsman mower from Berkeley , Mo.-based MTI Distributing via the Illinois State Contract Pricing-Contract #4018513.

• A resolution waiving the formal bidding process and authorizing the purchase of several pieces of golf course maintenance equipment via the National Cooperative Contract Solutions Program of the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA).

• A resolution waiving the formal bidding process and authorizing the purchase of several pieces of golf course maintenance equipment via the National Cooperative Contract Solutions Program of the National Intergovernmental Purchasing Alliance (National IPA).

• A resolution to accept bids and award a contract to Bloomington-based Stark Excavating, Inc. in the amount of $187,811.81 for the Watkins Drive improvement project from Towanda Ave. to the Shoppes At College Hills ring road.

• A resolution to award a bid for the Walnut Street and Mulberry Street water main replacement projects to Stark Excavating, Inc. at a total cost of $791,949 plus up to a potential $15,000 bonus for early completion.

• A resolution authorizing the renewal of the Town’s participation in the Municipal Insurance Cooperative Agency (MICA) insurance program for the plan year 2018-2019 beginning on May 1, 2018.

• A resolution authorizing an assignment under redevelopment agreements for The Flats developments.

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