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Argo City Council discusses new generator for storm shelter, roof options for municipal building

By Shaun Szkolnik, for the Tribune

ARGO — The Argo City Council discussed options for a new generator for the storm shelter in its meeting Monday, April 22. There were questions as to what size generator would be needed to best serve the community in the event of a storm or disaster. The council decided to have a third party assess the situation and provide an estimate as to how large of a generator would best suit the shelter.

The council discussed options for a new roof for city hall. The council had been provided several estimates by Right Choice Roofing:

  • Fix the leaks $6,248.16
  • Replace the roof screws with larger ones $4,804.80
  • Roof replacement with Stand and Seam system $135,518.74
  • Roof replacement with seamed option $112,075.54

During the discussion, Councilor Ann Cowan noted that the estimates listed a roof size that seemed much larger than the roof size of the Argo Municipal Complex. The other councilors agreed that the listed size might have been incorrect. The council decided to table the matter until an accurate measurement of the roof could be taken.

Councilor Ann Brown addressed the council about the city holding a book sale.

“As most of you know, we have quite a few thousand books, most of which are in storage,” said Brown. “I would like to have a books sale here in the meeting room on May 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. I’m asking for volunteers from the mayor and the council, and also the community.”

Brown further said that she hoped the book sale could generate enough revenue to purchase children’s books for the residents of Argo to use.

“We desperately need children’s books,” said Brown. “So, my goal in all this is to make enough money to buy some children’s books.”

After some discussion, the council decided that it would be advantageous to hold the sale in an area where there was higher foot traffic. The council also discussed the possibility of a food truck for the sale and decided that, depending upon availability, a food truck would be present at the event.

The council decided, dependent upon availability of the venue, that the sale will be held on May 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the location of 391 U.S. Highway 11.

The council unanimously approved funding for the rear tires of the city’s tractor. The cost will be approximately $1,000 from Harbison Tire and Auto Service.

In other news, the council approved funds to purchase a sign containing park rules to be placed in the Argo Park.




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