The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

Board Votes To Keep Spray Park Open Longer Hours

By: Shirley Linder, Quill Editor

At the regular meeting of the Village of Stronghurst Board on August 7th, the trustees voted to have the spray park open from noon until 7 p.m. Ronnie Gittings said the spray park uses approximately 40 gallon of water per minute or 2400 gallon per hour.

Having it run for 7 hours a day will use approximately 85,000 to 90,000 gallon of water per day. The cost runs around $9 an hour for the water. There was a discussion about how much it is used and people are reserving the shelter house and want the spray park open for their families.

Chris Cooper of MSA Engineering said his firm has reviewed 5 packets of plans for the new water tower. The contractor has submitted a request to be paid for drawings and mobilization fees.

The request is for $49,875 which includes the drawings, mobilization and bonds.

On a motion by Amanda Kane, seconded by Bruce Caldwell the board voted to pay the requested amount.

The vote was then amended to pay the amount if the contractors showed up by August 14th as scheduled, since they have not kept their schedules previously.

Gittings reported there is not much known about well #4.

They do not know if it is cased or not, they do know it as drilled in 1959. Right now they cannot run the well for a full day at a time due to the water table.

He had received bids to rejuvenate it as discussed last month.

All bidders would check the well out with a camera before deciding the best course of action to rejuvenating it. The pump would be pulled and then the well would be chemically treated or air blasted depending on the best solution after seeing what was down there.

The bids came in at 1- $4,450; 2-$13,668; 3- $9,000 and 4- $8,888.50.

After much discussion the board decided if they were going to spend this amount of money on fixing up an old well they would prefer to look at the cost of a new one. Gittings will do some checking on sites and cost for digging a new well.

Police report for July included: 142.5 hours worked; 884 squad car miles; 4 traffic stops; 4 verbal warnings; 1 uniform ticket; 1 notice to appear; 5 service calls; 22 business checks.

In other business:

On a motion by Mike Bohenkamp, seconded by Bruce Caldwell the board entered executive session at 8:20 for the purpose of personnel.

Present were: Mayor Brendan Schaley; Trustees, Mike Bohnenkamp, Amanda Kane, Bruce Caldwell, David Vancil, Jerry Nortrup; (Shane Reed absent);

Employees, Morgan Lewis, Ronnie Gittings, Arbry Vancil, Attorney Bill Rasmussen; Guests, Chris Cooper, David Knutstrom, Lori Taylor, Bob Manning, Randy Jarvis, Shirley Linder.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 5th.