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Streator council approves crematory for Schultz Monument

Semi traffic, streets addressed during meeting

Schultz Monument received a green light from the Streator City Council to operate a crematory at 404 N. Bloomington St., Streator.

The business now will have to go through the process of submitting building plans to the Plan Commission before going through the permitting process again.

“Our zoning code requires a buffer to the west and to the south,” said City Engineer Jeremy Palm during Wednesday's City Council meeting. “They haven’t submitted a site plan yet. This is just allowing them to use a crematory. They have to do their design work later.”

Mayor Jimmie Lansford said there don’t seem to be any issues with the proposed business’s proximity to Streator High School. Schultz Monument already has been in contact with the school, he said.

Semi traffic in the city

Samantha Davis, a concerned resident in attendance at Wednesday's meeting, addressed problems with semis not using the designated truck routes in Streator, saying the roads they are using endanger children who use the bus stops along non-truck routes.

“Lucky Trucking sends their orders out and these semis come from all over, different companies,” Davis said. “(Part of Wasson Street) is not a truck route. We have two truck routes there and they’re marked.”

Davis said she sees about 16 semis before 10 a.m. every day, some of which struggle with blocking traffic and running over curbs.

“Two bus stops have rivets in the road where our children sit,” Davis said. “If I’m not out there for the kids who have parents working, something bad is going to happen, and if we don’t do something about it, it’s going to get worse.”

The city previously addressed issues with truck routes in an interview with The Times. Palm previously said new GPS technology is directing semis to quicker, but not safer, routes.

Palm said Wednesday there is technology that keeps semi drivers using only truck routes, and that’s something drivers need to start using.

Also approved during the meeting was a road project, resurfacing Livingston Road from South Illinois Street to Smith-Douglass Road, which is part of the Vactor expansion project. 

Palm spoke to The Times previously about this project, explaining that while Vactor is typically in an area thought to be outside city limits, there’s an agreement in place that considers Vactor inside the city as well as a few homes on that road that opted into annexation. 

“We have our TIF agreement where the city is selling a bond to fund the construction of that road around Vactor,” Palm told The Times on Nov. 1. “That road will be the city’s responsibility.”

A public hearing authorized a reconstruction of Spring Street eastward from Bloomington Street using funds from a block grant the city previously received. Construction will start in the spring.

The City Council will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, at which time the council will conduct another study session on the 2020 budget. 

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