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With the town’s drainage project nearing completion, the village board voted to approve a second payment of $137,245 at its Feb. 18 board meeting.
“All pipes are in the ground” said Mayor Brad Williams, noting that the majority of work that is left to be done will include testing the system to ensure it is working properly. The pipes will undergo a deflection test, a physical test guaranteeing the pipes are in good condition. Additionally the drainage system has yet to be connected to the village’s pond.
Taking advantage of low water levels, the village plans to install rip rap, a procedure in which rocks are laid around the pond’s edge to prevent erosion over time.
“We expect the project to be mostly finished by the end of the month.” said Williams. In addition, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will be stocking the pond with fish this fall. However due to fish breeding timelines residents will not be able to fish until the following summer at the earliest.
Recent incidents involving road damage from heavy machinery also prompted a discussion as to whether or not the village should consider changing its ordinance on the matter.
“Right now we can only fine $50 for each occurrence of damage to the village.” said Williams, noting that road repairs are costly. The board will vote next month on an ordinance change that would require violators to pay for the full cost of repairs.
Board members also discussed the possibility of requesting a school zone speed limit for Route 105 in an effort to make the area safer for students and residents. A school zone would slow traffic to 20 miles per hour, and can extend up to ¼ of a mile in each direction of the school. Changing the speed limit would involve collaboration between the village and school district along with state approval.
In other news, board members voted to approve a $1,500 donation for Fat Hill Fest, the town’s annual celebration that takes place each June.
Lori Heatherton, one of the volunteers in charge of fundraising and planning for the event noted that the village’s donation last year allowed for more children’s activities, adding “we want to try to do that again this year.” In addition, she informed the board that while the event is tentatively slated for June 14-15, but may have to be changed if it coincides with the Macon County Fair.