Chestnut Street forum scheduled Feb. 25 by David Lias The Vermillion City Council will host a public meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 in the William J. Radigan Fire/EMS station to give a thorough presentation on the Chestnut Street improvement project.
"It will be a public forum, and what I actually envision is � I really want to go back in time," Vermillion Mayor Roger Kozak said at the city council's Feb. 4 meeting, "because much of the discussion even pre-dates many of us that are sitting on the council. So we can sort of see how everything evolved to where we are today."
Aftrer that information is presented, the public would be allowed to make comments.
"I don't anticipate any decisions being made," Kozak said. "It's an information gathering, information sharing meeting. That's what I perceive it to be."
"From our side, are we going to talk about alternatives or just the original design?" Alderman Barbara Yelverton asked.
"We want to get up to the point where we identify the design that has been approved by the council," Kozak. "We have an approved design.
The meeting may also provide an opportunity, he said, for the community and the council to determine "can we, without any sophisticated engineering analysis, determine some of the potential strengths and problems associated with different options.
"We want to have a very informal response to what some of the options may be," Kozak said. "Because it won't be a formal engineering study."
"We're bringing in the engineers that designed this road to be 28 feet wide with a retaining wall," City Manager Jeff Pederson said. "I think that the purpose here is to provide as much information as we can to explain why it's necessary or what the reasoning behind the design is to get to that 28 feet.
"I don't anticipate the engineer is going to be prepared to become engaged in the merits of a 19-foot road compared to a 28-foot road," he said.
SEH, the engineering firm that's designed the Chestnut Street improvements, has the ability to take a photo of the current road and super-impose an image of how the wider street with lighting and hard surface would appear.
It would cost $3,000 to $4,000 to do that, Kozak said. "I know that sounds like a lot of money, but we've spent a lot of hours discussing this issue in the community, and when you look at $3,000 to $5,000 in relation to a potential $1.3 million (project) it is less than two-tenths of 1 percent.