Bement closing out water tower project

By Amanda Jean
Journal-Republican correspondent

Bement Village President Mollie Stevens, signed a Certificate of Substantial Completion for the newly painted water tower. The action took place at last week’s village board session.

The signed certificate starts the one-year warranty on the tower. The contractor has now finished all the work in order for the tower to be used. The work was finished Nov. 9.

Larry Johnson from Foth Engineering was pleased with the project. He said the contractor started on time and got the work done during the fall. There were also no boil orders or loss of pressure, Johnson reported.

Neumann Co. contractors requested payment No. 2 for the water tower project. The board approved to pay $144,225. This is the second of three payments the village will be issuing.

The board was given an estimate on the 2013 tax levy. The town is expecting a five percent increase, which will give the town a total of $163,763 from real estate taxes for the 2013 fiscal year. The board will vote on the tax levy next month.

The Village of Bement will donate $1,000 to the Piatt County Toy and Gift Program for purchasing gifts for kids in Piatt County. This is the first time since 2007 the village has donated. They decided to donate a large amount because the program will serve nearly 112 children in the Bement School District.

The Municipal Hall in Bement could be one of the next Piatt County mobile food bank venues. A representative from the Piatt County Food Bank asks the board to seek more information to make this a possibility. The food bank could come to Bement an estimated five times in 2013.

The Village Board members gave the food bank their support.

“I think it would be worth it to donate the building,” said Village President Mollie Stevens.

“That’s the reason this building is here for the community,” said Village Trustee Chad Corum.

The board also approved to transfer $200 from the General fund to the Civil Defense fund. It is a transfer that occurs every year.

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