It's been nearly a month since 8 historic downtown buildings were destroyed by flames in Prophetstown, IL. But as of Tuesday night, the city is one step closer to cleaning up the rubble.
City leaders accepted Freeport, IL company, Fischer Excavating's bid of $207,000 to do the job, but not without some challenges. Council members, residents, and even a few people who lost everything in the fire weighed in at Tuesday's meeting. The owner of Cindy Jean's Restaurant wanted a local company to handle the project, but that company was just too expensive.
Mayor Steve Swanson said it's likely, insurance will only cover half of the bill and the city will have to pay the rest. Donations will also help cover the costs through the "Prophetstown Strong Rebuilding and Clean Up Fund". Even though the city awarded the bid to Fischer Excavating, it's yet to be seen if there's an asbestos issue.
The Mayor said clean up should start in the coming weeks. Once it does, it should take about 3 weeks for the contractor to clean up the mess.
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