The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

Oquawkiek Car Show & Schuyler Street Stroll to be held Sept. 27

By Sally Day for the Quill

Susan Meyer addressed the board on Monday night, August 4, 2015, pertaining to hosting the Oquawkiek Car Show and Schuyler Street Stroll on September 27.

This date had previously been the slot for Heritage Trail Days, which was county-wide. Cars will line up along Schuyler Street from 2nd to 6th Streets beginning at 7 a.m. These streets will be closed to traffic from 7 a.m. until 12 a.m. on the 28th. T

he car show will be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. A street dance will be held in the evening hours. Plans include vendors and many other surprises.

The word Oquawkiek is the one meaning "yellow banks". Meyer was uncertain when it was changed to Oquawka. An additional four porta-pottys will be needed for the event. The group asked the board if they would pay for these. Although the board would have liked to, they said their financial situation would not allow it at this time. The CGB (former Twomey Company) said they will donate the money to pay for these.

Marty Lafary and Nick Dawtyne from CGB were on hand to discuss Schuyler Street. Lafary began by stating that CGB wants to be good neighbors. He went on to say that they have trucks going to the elevator in Oquawka all the time and that these trucks are sometimes having to wait their turn to use the elevator.

While they are waiting, they are sometimes parked along Schuyler Street. "We don't want to interfere with businesses or weaken the levee," said Lafary. He asked the board if it would be permissible to park those trucks in the parking lot at the foot of Schuyler Street.

He also asked if CGB could widen the road that goes over the levee, large enough to allow two vehicles at once to go over the levee. The expense of this would be taken care of by CGB. They offered to place more gravel on the parking lot, as well.

The board thanked CGB for this offer and for paying for the porta-pottys and passed a motion to allow CGB to gravel the parking lot and allow for one more lane of traffic over the levee.

In an unrelated matter, the board heard that a small house was being built for residents Greg and Lou Ward, a couple who have been living in a tent for the past few months. They placed the tent in the yard when they lost their home to a fire.

The home is being built by an organization from Stronghurst, who builds homes in a Habitat for Humanity fashion. The group building the home, at no cost to the Wards, is asking that the building permits and variance costs be waived. Although board members were very positive about allowing this to happen, they were told that a variance meeting would have to come first.

The public will be allowed to air their opinions about this matter.

Mike Holman was also on hand to discuss the village's website. It will expire on September 15, 2014. It has had 41,672 views up to this point. Holman feels it has been beneficial to the community.

He is leaving the area, but this is a job which could be done from a long distance. Prices have gone up over the years. The price to host it now is $239.76 per year.

The website's name is The board agreed to table the matter until they speak with the county board about combining websites.

In other business, the board: