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Oquawka Board Discuss Grant Possibilities

By Sally Day for the Quill

Steve Haring of MSA, Professional Services was on hand at the September 17, 2014 meeting of the Oquawka Village Board. The meeting had been rescheduled from September 8. Haring alerted the board to great funding which was coming available. One of the things which the village would have to do before applying for the grants would be to take a survey pertaining to low to moderate families. They would have to have 51 percent of the people fall into that category. Haring told the group his company would charge $2,000 to prepare this survey, with volunteer help from residents to implement it. He thought Oquawka could receive as much as $600,000 in grant monies.

Later, during the meeting, the board agreed to: approve the 2014 MFT Maintenance Program, approve MSA's contract to complete the 2014 MFT Engineering, and approved the MFT resolution to appropriate $23,000 of the MFT funds for 2014.

The board also discussed raising the water rates, as this has not been done for many years. They talked about recommending a flat fee of $15 for the first 1,000 gallons of water. After that, it would be $2.50 per 1,000 gallons. This will be tabled until next month to offer the public's opinion into the matter.

Police Chief Keith DeJaynes was present and offered his monthly report. In it he noted the following: Criminal: D.U.I., 1; Domestic Battery, 2; Agency Assists - County Assists, 4; Ambulance Assists, 5; Domestic - Domestic Calls, 5; Civil Disturbances, 2; Tavern Calls, 2; Junk Violations, 3; Golf Cart Inspections, 2; Traffic - Speeding Citations, 7; Stop Sign Citations, 3; No Valid Registration Citation, 1; Operating Without Insurance Citation, 1; Leaving the Scene of an Accident Citation, 1; Failure to Report an Accident to Police Authority Citation, 1; Riding Golf Carts After Hours Citation, 4; Other Calls, 51; Warrants, 1. Fuel 14.9 gallons, Mileage 1,638 miles. Fines $1,359.80. DUI Donation Equipment $500.

Board member Troy Jern, who is also Fire Chief gave his report to the board. He thanked the board for repairing lights at the department. Chief Jern discussed the need for six new radios. He had received bids from Galesburg Communications at $1950 and Electric Applications at $2139. The board agreed to the bid of $1950 for the radios and $660 from Alexis Fire Equipment for 15 pair of gloves. Jern abstained from the vote, with all others voting yes. Chief Jern mentioned that next year the Fire Department would be in need of new fire hose. He also thanked the board for their purchase and thanked Chris Peterson for her help with the Rural Association dues. A deposit of $9920 was to be entered into the department's fund for these dues.

In other business, the board: