Urbana City Council meeting annexes territory, discusses growing business activity

The Urbana City Council meeting passed two ordinances unanimously in its Monday night meeting.

The council annexed two territories to the city of Urbana. These territories, 1102 W. Saline Ct. and 2209 E. Perkins Rd., were properties outside the boundaries of the city, said city clerk Phyllis Clark.

She said that properties would receive several benefits by being added to the city, such as connecting sewer lines and attaining the city’s fire and police protection.

While these two ordinances were the main points in the meeting’s agenda, there was also a motion to approve the city council goals.

Charles Smyth, alderman for Ward 1, said he was looking forward to moving into the future with the new goals.

The city’s new goals were not the only items of business for the council.

Tom Carrino, economic development manager, discussed the economic sector for the city.

There are new businesses opening up that indicate good business activity, he said. He added that 45 applications were submitted to the public art program for grants. The grant money will be announced within the coming months, Carrino said.

Besides the economic development for the city of Urbana, public works director Bill Gray said that new technology will be utilized to solve sewer problems for the city.

“The news with this newest piece of equipment made all of our guys happy. (It is) the most significant breakthrough in sewer lines,” he added.

Gray described the new equipment as a “water, jet-high pressuring device” that is attached to the nozzle. The total estimated cost of the two attachments is $10,000. He said, however, that they were already half-way for funding the new attachments.

“Lot of drama going on under the streets,” said Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing.