CALUMET CITY | The City Council approved a contract for repairs to the roof of City Hall and the adjacent fire station, despite objections of one alderman.
Aldermen voted 5-1 in favor of awarding a contract to Adler Roofing and Sheet Metal Inc. The Joliet-based company will be paid $128,750 for their work.
Mayor Michelle Markiewicz Qualkinbush said she was pleased aldermen approved the contract because she said the structure at 204 Pulaski Road has had a leaking roof since winter.
“We need to move forward on this now,” she said.
The contract was awarded, even though the measure calling for its approval did not specify exactly which account within city government the project would be paid from.
That had Third Ward Alderman Thaddeus Jones concerned. He did not like it being uncertain where the money was coming from, and he voted against the project.
City Treasurer Gerald Tarka said the lack of an account number was because the city is preparing its appropriation ordinance for the current fiscal year and plans to create a few new accounts. This project will be covered by one of them, and an account number will be filled in later.
City Attorney Burt Odelson said officials do not need to wait for the account’s creation before they can award the contract.
“We’re ready to go on this,” he said.
In other business, aldermen approved the purchase for the Fire Department of a 2015 Ford F250 4X4 Horton ambulance. The vehicle will be bought from Foster Coach Sales for $193,186. The purchase was made through the Suburban Purchasing Cooperative.
They also supported a measure to reimburse Police Chief Edward L. Gilmore up to $2,100 so he can attend the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement executives’ conference, to take place July 12-16 in Grand Rapids, Mich.