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Village Discusses Water, Lynn Street, and Snow Removal

The Gladstone Village Board met Monday, January 8 at 7:00 p..m. with Mayor Rex McKinney calling the meeting to order. Jim Hetrick, Junior Bielser, Robert Swanson, Linda Seitz and Florence Stewart were present at roll call, and Darlene Manes came in at 7:10 p.m.

Also present were Tom Morrison, Matt Gray, and Don Burns.

Minutes were approved for December and the bills were approved to be paid except for one. In contest a bill from Rheinschmidts of Burlington, IA on the new flooring in the community building that was billed over bid due to the extra work involved. The matter is being checked into.

Don Burns from Rural Development reported on the proposed engineering agreement of Missman, Stanley & Associates in Rock Island regarding the water grant.

A grant is being sought through Western Illinois Regional Council (WIRC) to go ahead with using the test wells along with the current well to blend water from the existing well and the new well. It will enable Gladstone to keep nitrates low enough (under 5) to be able to market water to other communities as well as any subdivisions or businesses that may develop.

In connection with seeking the grant, a council agreement was passed committing local funds #141.

Also unanimously passed was a motion to accept the legal services agreement for Attorney Mike Neff's extra work on the water grant. The grant's to be completed in February.

A lengthy discussion took place about snow removal. Byron Sebastian had been hired at an earlier meeting to do the snow removal for $450, but before he had done any work this winter, he quit. The board agreed to wait to hire Kenny John of Oquawka at their 2007 January meeting. At the meeting, Kurt McChesney had handed in an offer for M&K Farms to do snow removal each time for $450, the usual pay.

Kenny John offered to do it for $70 an hour.

The board was split on the vote with Biesler, Seitz, and Stewart voting Yes for John and Swanson, Hetrick and Manes voting No. Mayor Rex McKinney broke the tie with his "Aye" vote.

In other business the board

Meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m. with the next meeting to be Monday, February 12 at 7 P.M.