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Board To Check On Loan For Water Tower

by: Shirley Linder, Quill Editor

At the regular meeting of the Village of Stronghurst board held on July 6th, Ronnie Gittings reported that both banks in Stronghurst were interested in loaning the village money for the construction of a new water tower. Following a discussion on the feasibility of having a new tower and the fact that, in all probability, they would not be receiving a grant the trustees agreed to meet with each bank and obtain the details on borrowing money.

Special board meetings will be held on Monday, July 20th and Wednesday, July 22nd at 7:00 p.m. to meet with bank representatives.

Chlora Beiner approached the board to learn what the policy was regarding removing trees on the outside of the sidewalk since they belong to the village. It was agreed she could have the trees cut down at her own expense. If the trees were dead or a danger then the village assumes the cost of removal, otherwise it is the property owner's responsibility.

Randy Jarvis gave the trustees a brief update on the progress of his properties and asked if he could put rock from the alley to his shed. The board agreed this was okay.

Gittings asked for permission to purchase a larger portable generator to pump the lift station at Surrey Lane and Elizabeth Street should there be no electricity. The cost would run approximately $680-$750 for one. On a motion by David Vancil, seconded by Amanda Kane the board voted to purchase one.

Gittings also informed the board the iron filter test had come back as having radium in it. Since there is no radium in any of the water tests they feel this may have been an error in the lab test and maybe should have another test done at another lab as this is a serious infraction.

Gittings also reported:

The police report for June included: 175 hours worked; 2 training hours (2 per officer); 1100 miles on squad car; 3 traffic stops; 2 verbal warnings; 2 written warnings; 3 uniform traffic tickets; 3 assists; 11 service calls; 2 arrests; 21 business courtesy checks.

In other business the board:

The board entered executive session for the purpose of personnel at 9:07 p.m. They re-entered open session at 9:22 p.m. on a motion by Kane, seconded by Bohnenkamp. They decided to take applications for 2 weeks for office help.

The meeting adjourned at 9:25 p.m. on a motion by Bohnenkamp, seconded by Vancil.

Present were: Mayor Gary Root; Trustees, Brendan Schaley, Mike Bohnenkamp, Amanda Kane, Betty Waterman, Jim Spiker, David Vancil; Employees, Lou Ann Nortrup, Ronnie Gittings, Arbry Vancil, Mark Jackson, Attorney Bill Rasmussen; Guests, Chlora Beiner, Randy Jarvis, and Shirley Linder