Politics and Government

Inventory of water system weighed

Next month, the village board will decide whether to move forward with an inventory of its water system.
“You need to know what you have,” village attorney Marc Miller told village board members Monday.

Trustees choose project contractor

The village board has tentatively awarded a contract for a detention basin project in the northeast part of town to a Casey contractor.
Muldeen Excavating submitted the lowest of six bids on the project, $218,846. Engineer Dave Atchley’s estimate on the cost of the project had been $260,000.
Muldeen will receive a notice of award and will have 15 days to get paperwork together.

Green light for Triptych expansion

Triptych Brewery, which brews and sells craft beer in Savoy, will be expanding now that the Savoy village board voted unanimously to approve two amendments to their special use permits.

Trustees OK new police contract

The village board approved a three-year contract with the union police officers Tuesday.
Teamsters Local Union 26 has accepted the contract, so it will go into effect in the next pay period.
Under the three-year contract, officers would receive pay increases of 2.5 percent in the first year, 3 percent in the second year and 3.5 percent in the third year.

Advisory panel for cemetery planned

The village is establishing a cemetery advisory committee to oversee Davis Memorial Cemetery.
“When we took over the cemetery, the records weren’t great,” village attorney Elizabeth Megli said.
Last August, then-village president Cheryl Smitley said that the names on the paperwork for plots did not match who was buried there.

Dykstra shares vision for Savoy

Savoy Village President Joan Dykstra, who was elected in April, shared her vision for the community’s future last Thursday with the Rotary Club of Savoy.
When Dykstra first moved to Savoy in 1976, the population was about 1,600. There were only a few businesses in town then, and there were no houses east of the railroad tracks, Dykstra said.

Grant would help replace dead trees

Village officials are exploring a grant opportunity to replace trees killed by the emerald ash borer at the Sadorus Community Park.
Village Clerk Peggy Thompson on Wednesday told village board members that she is applying for a community forestry assistance grant through the Department of Natural Resources. The grant would match up to $15,000.

Water rate hike to go in effect

By a vote of 5-1, the Ivesdale village board made a water rate increase official on Monday night.

Water system sale plan put in motion

 The village is taking the first steps toward selling its water system.
The village board hired Farnsworth Group to prepare a proposal for preparing bid packets to sell the system.
Under the Small System Viability Act, a large utility can acquire a system like Sidney’s at fair market value. The legislation sunsets in mid-2018.

Furniture bid OK’d for new building

The village board Tuesday approved a bid for furniture for the new police station.
Trustees Anna Morris and Vicki Buffo opposed the decision to accept Stocks’ bid for 35 chairs over higher bids from Techline, Midwest and Rogards. The $21,021 bid will need to be revised since it was actually for 50 chairs with casters, and the board decided to forego the caster feature.

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