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Stronghurst Board Approves Christmas Lighting Contest; Hears Police Report

By Shirley Linder, Quill Editor

The Village of Stronghurst will hold a Christmas lighting contest for Stronghurst residents again this year with prizes of $75 for first, $50 for second, and $25 for third place. Police Chief Smith and Officers Hoyt and Vancil will do the judging.

Lawrence Neff presided over the village board meeting on Monday, November 2nd, in the absent of President Eric Chockley.

On a motion by David Vancil, seconded by Mike Bohnenkamp, board members voted to purchase a heavy duty 550, 4 x 4 truck at a cost of $54,633. It will be equipped with a stainless steel dump body as well as a salt spreader.

The meeting dates for 2010 were agreed upon, with all meetings to be held on the first Monday of the month with the exception of September when the meeting will be held on Tuesday.

Police Chief Gary Smith reported his department had worked 89 hours for the month and had made 7 traffic stops, which were given verbal warnings. They had also issued 2 traffic tickets.

On October 9th Chief Smith and Mike Bohnenkamp went to Wal Mart in Burlington, IA and received a $1,000 community grant. The money was used for office supplies for the village.

Chris Cook reported the cell phone contract was up and after some discussion the board voted to purchase 2 new heavy duty cell phones.

Tony Anderson reported the hydrant on Main Street was not a scheduled replacement, it had broken during flushing, causing the need to replace it immediatley.

Anderson also reported Alexander Lumber had donated 37 bins of nuts, bolts, and misc. hardware to the village, for which they were very appreciative.

In other business:

The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m. until Monday, December 7th at 7 p.m. at the City Hall.

Present: Trustees, Lawrence Neff, Mike Bohnenkamp, Mike Nelson, Chris Cook, David Vancil (absent: Angela Myers); Clerk/Treasurer Lou Ann Nortrup; Employees, Tony Anderson and Ronnie Gittings; Guest, Rich from Koenig Supply.