Posted by – January 25, 2012
The city of Galesburg is starting to develop its own “fix or flatten” program that is actually being modeled after the Quincy program.
According to the Galesburg Register-Mail, the city’s administration hopes that developing such a program would leave to more redevelopment of some properties, though Chuck Bevelheimer, director of planning and development in Quincy, is quoted that there are more demolitions in Quincy than redevelopments.
Quincy aldermen made minor tweaks to the city’s “fix or flatten” program last year after Quincy Mayor John Spring suspended it after the City Council voted against making repairs to the Quincy Paper Box building. In October 2011, aldermen voted to include the program in city code and that the proposed properties and proposed costs are presented to council at the start of the fiscal year.
Posted by – January 11, 2012
The demolition of the buildings on the north side of Broadway between Fourth and Fifth streets is not much of a surprise.
After the Bank of Quincy took possession of the property in October, bank officials said they were going to conduct an environmental study to see what needed to be done. Standing in the upper levels of the Kroc Center, one could see that it needed to be demolished.
Even if the property continues to remain vacant, it will look better than collapsed roofs.
No, it was not Quincyzilla who started the demolition.
Posted by – January 4, 2012
Before approving a one-year contract with Quincy Recycle Tuesday evening, Alderman Mike Farha, R-4, asked interim director of Central Services Jeff Steinkamp to remind residents why there was no curbside glass recycling in Quincy.
“There’s just not any profit to speak of,” Steinkamp said. “If they’re not going to make a profit, we would probably end up paying them to take it.”
Currently, the city receives about $70,000 a year from the materials it collects.
Steinkamp also said that there is also concern that glass pickup could lead to an increase in injuries for recycling crews.
For residents who want to recycle glass, Quincy Recycle will accept clear, green and brown glass from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays at its facility at Sixth and State.
When Quincy Recycle launched the Saturday morning glass drop-off program in 2008, company officials said that they saw the program as a community service and it would not be a “money-making” venture.