Oil & Chipping of Village Streets Discussed at Board Meeting

By Doris Elmore
Staff Writer

The Atwood Village Board voted to authorize Farnsworth Group to proceed with preparing bid packet for oil and chipping of village streets at their regular meeting on Monday, May 11.

This was another zoom meeting with Art Urban and Heather O’Connor being absent. The board approved the expenditures of $33,489.55.

Village President Davey Herring read a letter from the Atwood Chamber of Commerce regarding the cancellation of the 2020 Apple Dumpling. The chamber thanked the board for the donation to the festival this year, but declined due to the cancellation. They did ask the board to keep the chamber in their budget for next year’s festival. Trustee Chris Stoltz remarked that it was heartbreaking that the festival had to be cancelled this year.

A motion was passed by the board to proceed with the water softener repair by Aqua Services totaling $7,059.

Village Clerk Nancy Wierman reported to the board that she had received a call from Bill Fleming informing the village of a concert at the First Baptist Church parking lot on Sunday, May 17, from 9-10 a.m. weather permitting.

Items on the agenda that were tabled at this time included:

Discussion to move forward with the annual water/sewer 3% rate increase per the ordinance 2010-0-1. Stoltz asked the village clerk what the increased cost would be per household on a minimum bill. She was told between 92 & 93 cents. The board also discussed abating the raise this year due to the pandemic and with so many people being out of a job. Stoltz made a motion to abate the raise for this year only, but Trustee Allen Kilber voted no. The decision was tabled in order for Lawyer Kenny Crossman to look into the ordinance and report at the next meeting.

Discussion for inter-fund transfer from General Fund account 01.11.922 to the Audit Fund 11.399 in the amount of $1,500.

Discussion for inter-fund transfer from General Fund account 01.11.922 to Park Fund 17.399 in the amount of $43,000.

Also tabled: Presentation of tentative FY21 budget.

Stoltz asked where the village stood on getting the trailers removed in the south part of Atwood. Crossman said the certified letters he sent were returned undeliverable. Crossman will advise the board on how to proceed from here.

The next meeting of the board will be held on Monday, June 8, at 7 p.m.

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