Donation to city saves tax payers money

Barbara Layton
The City of Ravenswood recently received a donation of a bucket truck from American Electric Power.

During the Tuesday, Oct. 6 Ravenswood City Council meeting, mayor Josh Miller announced that American Electric Power had donated a bucket truck to the city. The current truck that is used by the Maintenance Department is a 1987 model that has been put to great use.

With the donation from AEP, the city will save over $125,000 by not having to purchase a new bucket truck in the near future.

Miller hopes to be able to recognize AEP representatives at a future council meeting for their generous donation to the City.

In other business:

• The City has received reimbursement from the CARES Act for payroll and over-time as well as a partial refund on a technology order. The amount received in reimbursement for August totaled $56,621.25. According to Miller, the full technology reimbursement was denied due to being considered a modernization. He said he intends to file a letter of appeal for the denied funds, based on the reimbursement requirements of the CARES Act. In total, the city has received $292,091 back, which Miller said, “Is a very big deal for small town.” Miller added that a new statement was added to the CARES Act allowing reimbursement requests to go back to March of 2020. He intends to look into this further and request reimbursement as allowed.

• Sidewalk work has started in Ravenswood on Mulberry and Walnut Streets. These improvements will continue throughout the business district.

• Council approved the recommendation of Kevin Bush for the Board of Parks and Recreation Commission.

• Trick-or-Treat date and time for the City of Ravenswood was set for 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31 (subject to change) Non-touch CDC guidelines can be found on the City of Ravenswood’s Facebook page.

Council went into an Executive Session at 7:18 p.m. to discuss real estate issues.

Upon returning to regular session at 7:28 p.m., Miller announced the approval of a land acquisition of 100 Washington Street, contingent upon appraisal, for a future parking project.