City to pay about $30,000 for building demolition

2014-02-18T00:00:00Z City to pay about $30,000 for building demolitionGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent
February 18, 2014 12:00 am  • 

CALUMET CITY | The City Council gave its approval to payments totaling a little more than $30,000 to two companies that are handling the demolition of a structure near the Illinois/Indiana state line.

The structure at 101 Pulaski Road, located one block west of State Line Road, is an abandoned house that also once served as a Baptist church. City officials acquired the property and want to demolish the structure.

Actual demolition of the structure will be handled by Holland Asphalt Services of South Holland. They will be paid $16,800 for their work. But the structure also has asbestos that must be removed.

Alliance Environmental will be paid $13,995 for their work.

An overview of the property published at says the structure was uninhabitable, but the property could be used for a corner store of some type or for a multi-family housing unit.

The council approved the payments by a 5-0 vote, with aldermen Thaddeus Jones, of the 3rd Ward, and Antoine Collins, of the 7th Ward, not present. Also not present was Mayor Michelle Markiewicz Qualkinbush. Second Ward Alderman Magdalena “Leni” Wosczynski presided over the council in her absence.

Wosczynski said Qualkinbush had a personal scheduling conflict on Thursday, and would be back in her position when the City Council meets again on Feb. 27.

In other business, the City Council gave its approval to the Odelson & Sterk law firm that provides legal services to municipal government to negotiate a new deal with Waste Management Inc., for a recycling program for city residents.

Attorney Joe Montana said when a deal is negotiated, it will be brought back to aldermen for their consideration.

Aldermen also gave their approval for Police Chief Edward L. Gilmore to attend the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives’ conference, which is taking place Feb. 20-22 in northwest suburban Schaumburg. The city will provide $691.84 to cover conference expenses.

The city also approved a payment of $1,240.07 to the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau as its dues to the organization.

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