The Pekin City Council held a special meeting Monday to discuss one item of new business: a resolution to award and execute a construction contract to United Contractors Midwest (UCM) for the Court Street rehabilitation project.


A motion made by Council member Lloyd Orrick and seconded by Council member John Abel to delay a vote on the resolution until Rebuild Illinois Fast Track grants have been awarded passed by a unanimous vote. According to Pekin City Manager Mark Rothert, the city has applied for a Fast Track grant and the Illinois Department of Commerce has indicated that the grant would be awarded as early as this week.


"We’ve had subsequent discussions with UCM, and they have graciously indicated that they’re willing to wait to have the grant be determined in our favor or not," said Rothert. "So, they’re willing to wait on any bid award."


The project is to remove and replace medians on Court Street between Valle Vista Boulevard and Veterans Drive, and to complete a mill and overlay from Valle Vista Boulevard to Entrance Drive, Rothert added. The city received four bids for this project, with UCM submitting the low bid of $2,091,282.02. If Pekin is awarded a Fast Track grant, the city will need to rebid the project.


"What we applied for was a scope of work that the current bid does not fully cover," said Rothert. "Getting the grant would allow us to … have more work done: from Hilltop (Drive) to Veterans."