Atwood Village Board Learns Details of Rajah Memorial Park

By Doris Elmore
Staff Writer

Vanessa Curry, Marsha Burgener & Ken Caraway attended the Atwood Village Board meeting on Monday, August 10, to discuss Rajah Memorial Park with the board. Marsha distributed packets with details on the Tug Wilson Historical Marker and Rajah Memorial Park. Vanessa talked about the Tug Wilson Marker and invited the board and public to the dedication of the marker on Saturday, August 22 at 11 a.m. at Rajah Memorial Park. Marsha and Vanessa represented the Wilson Marker and Park and Ken Caraway, Commander of James Reeder Post #770, American

Legion Auxiliary, explained what the legion is planning for their part of Rajah Memorial Park as funds permit.

The board passed a motion to provide funds in the amount of $6,500 to Farnsworth to write a grant for a walking/bike riding lane from Dollar General to the sidewalk at the apartments on the curve at South Main. This money is only for writing the grant whether the village is awarded one or not.

Changes were approved on Parking on Private Property. The ordinance reads:

A. No person shall park any motor vehicle on private property without the consent of the owner of the private property.

B. Any person who is not disabled, and who parks a motor vehicle in a parking space on private property designated as disabled parking, shall be deemed to have parked without the permission of the owner of the private property. However, that permission shall be presumed to a vehicle bearing any of the decals provided for in ILCS Ch. 625, act. 5 where the vehicle is driven by, or carries as a passenger, a disabled person as defined in ILCS Ch. 625, Act. 5, Paragraph 1-159.1.

C. No person shall park any vehicle on private property except on a weed-free surface made of gravel, crushed stone, asphalt, or Portland cement concrete. The registered owner of any vehicle parked in violation of this section shall be irrefutably presumed to have committed this offense and be prima facie accountable therefor.

D. No owner, occupant, or person in control of private property shall allow or permit any vehicle to be parked on private property except on a weed-free surface made of gravel, crushed stone, asphalt, or Portland cement.

Other business before the board included:

Earl Walker Company, Inc. was awarded the Motor Fuel Tax (MFT) bid totaling $37,663 for street oiling.

Approval granted to chip and oil the village street in front of the Atwood First Baptist Church, not to exceed $1,100.

Board approved motion to stripe South Main Street from Birch Street to Rt. 36 at a cost of $1,985.

Legal action against Kevin Knight, owner of the South Indiana trailer park, was tabled for one month pending removal of the trailers. Knight had informed the village that he had contacted Ameren to disconnect the utilities. He had also identified a firm that would be removing the trailers.

It was announced that Michael’s Tavern, formerly It’ll Do, downtown Atwood, was to open on Friday, Aug. 14.

The next meeting of the board will be held on Monday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m.

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