By Doris Elmore
Clean-up day for the Village of Atwood will be Saturday, May 8, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to information discussed at the final meeting of the fiscal year for the board on Monday, April 26. Dumpsters will be located at the rock pile on West Birch Ave. This is for Atwood residents only. Those bringing items should have ID ready, addresses will be checked. When the last dumpster is full, clean-up is closed. For more information, see the ad in this newspaper.
Atwood resident David Barnett addressed the board on trash burning during public comment. Barnett stated he has allergies and the smoke is a concern for him and other village residents with similar issues. He stated that a resident at the trailer court was burning a mattress.
The board told Barnett that they had addressed this particular subject at other meetings. Four people were in attendance, two were in favor of banning burning and two were against.
The board passed a motion to allow remote meeting attendance. This public act 94-1058, amending the open meetings act, amended the definition of “meeting” to permit attendance of members of a public body at public meetings by a means other than physical presence. In essence, this means that if a trustee is unable to physically attend the board meeting, he/she may do so by video or zoom.
Beverly Obert was in attendance on behalf of the Atwood Woman’s Club and the flowers they plant in the downtown planters each year. Obert asked the board if the planters could be painted so they will look better. She also asked if they could remove the planter by the old meat market due to it being in bad shape. The board was in agreement with her requests and will pay for the plants as they have done in the past.
Steve McClain asked the board if the water meter placement in his parking lot could be changed to the alley at the village’s expense. This is for the parking area behind McClain’s cabinet shop. Jeff Mercer, Superintendent of Public Works for the village, told the board it will cost $800 for this to be done. After discussion, the board decided to table the matter at this time.
In-coming Village President Bill Fleming asked the trustees if they could have their budgets ready for review at the May 10 meeting. New officers will be installed at this meeting.