Jeffrey Conte


QUINCY — A pair of issues on the Quincy City Council agenda Monday night will get another look.

Aldermen sent plans to buy a street sweeper under a four-year finance agreement to the Finance Committee for review.

The Utilities and Central Services committees recommended approval of the purchase of a street sweeper from Woody’s Municipal Supply Co. of Edwardsville, Ill., for $57,372.18 in four annual installments.

Aldermen questioned Utilities Director Jeffrey Conte about why the nearly $230,000 street sweeper was not purchased outright since the fund account that will finance it has $3.1 million in it.

Conte said that it was the committees’ recommendation to preserve funds for desperately needed repairs at the wastewater treatment facility next year.

Alderman Mike Farha, R-4, asked why it would not make more sense to pay for the street sweeper outright, rather than paying 2 percent in interest each year. The final cost will be nearly $9,500 higher by the time it’s paid off with interest.

Aldermen eventually voted to send the proposal to the Finance Committee for a recommendation.

Aldermen also voted for the second meeting in a row to delay a decision for another week on an oversized sign request for the Pollock, Ennis and Heck sign at 608 Vermont.

The Zoning Board of Appeals recommended denial of a 32-square-foot sign at the law office. City ordinances limit signs in the central business district to 15 square feet.

James McEwen said the 4-by-8-foot sign is needed because the existing sign is not visible from parts of the intersection of Sixth and Vermont. He said the sign will be mounted near the center of the building. It will…