Danville City Council members learned last night that overtime expenses are pushing the budgets for both the police and fire departments into the red. The fire department is running about $234-thousand dollars over what was budgeted. And the police overage is $274-thousand dollars.
‘’This is a serious deficit and we’ve got to get this money from somewhere,’’ said Alderman Steve Foster. The Council was told that if the City of Danville succeeds in getting a federal SAFER grant it would help with the fire department’s overtime during the grant period. Council members were also told the vacation season is almost over, and that should also help.
Also during their meeting last night Danville City Council members:
- Agreed to purchase a house on the southeast corner of Jackson and Voorhees Streets for $35-thousand dollars in order to extend the Jackson Street shared-use path;
- Authorized the Danville Public Building Commission to update communications by installing a microwave link to 14 cities in Vermilion County;
- Approved a redevelopment agreement with Paragon Hospitality, Inc. to allow for the use of $20,000 in TIF (Tax Increment Financing) monies to help with an upgrade at the Days Inn at 77 North Gilbert Street. Alderman Dan Duncheon abstained.