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New 2021 Ford Vehicle purchased for Arthur Police Department

FY 2021-2022 Budget Hearing to be held in June

By ARIANA R. CHERRY
Staff Writer

A representative from the Royal Academy in Arcola came to speak and share information at the Arthur Village Board meeting on Monday night, May 17.

Royal Academy is a full service daycare that features a creative curriculum in academic structure for ages two to five. For ages five to twelve, they cover science, technology, arts and mathematics. Presently, they have future plans for dance and art as they are working on an art studio.

Their capacity at the moment is ten children and they have eight right now. More information about the Royal Academy can be found on their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/TheRoyalAcademyArcola.

After the presentation about the Royal Academy, Treasurer Mike Hilgenberg shared that there had been $72,609.05 in expenditures. Some of those expenses were from sewer work and costs for environmental protection. Comptroller Erica Carter stated the balance on the general bank statement was $3,709,161.09. Erica noted that two businesses downtown applied for the “Downstate Small Business Stabilization Grant.” One was awarded the grant while the other was not. She also spoke about a grant titled “The American Rescue Plan.” It is money that can be used that has been allotted for the Arthur community. Erica informed the board that $270,000 had been allotted to use for water, sewer and broadband infrastructure. She needs to find out if the money is given or if the community needs to apply in order to be reimbursed.

Christy Miller informed the board that the high school graduation will be held on the football field on May 29 and the rain date was May 30.

Chief Goodman stated that he was able to apply for a grant with the Illinois Law Enforcement Board that assisted him in purchasing two camera systems. The Police Committee also held a meeting to discuss the purchase of a new vehicle because the 2015 car was starting to need more repairs and had around 91,000 miles on it. The new vehicle (2021 Ford) was purchased at $34,985 and would be split into five annual payments. The department is hoping they won’t have to purchase another car for a little while, as the next oldest car only has 29,000 miles on it. Two new tasers were also bought and six of them were upgraded.

Stephanie Wierman was present to ask for street closures for the Strawberry Jam Festival to be held on June 4 and 5. Streets will be closed from Progress down to Vine Street up through IGA. One lane will be left open for traffic to and fro IGA (east and west). The street closures will begin Thursday, June 3 at 6:00 pm and then will re-open approximately around 5:00 pm on Saturday, June 5. The festival ends at 3:00 pm on Saturday. Wierman also noted that at least 10 people will be needed for security for the Freedom Parade. She is also working out the details for the Arthur Cheese Festival during Labor Day weekend and stated that the BBQ Competition will be held on October 1 and 2.

Grant Corum from Public Works stated that two of his employees had been COVID positive, so work was backed up for a couple of days since only two other employees have been working. It was ordered for a hydrant on South Vine to be fixed, but they need to wait on parts which could be four to six weeks before they are in. Grant said the street sweeper will be running again and hydrant flushing has been scheduled for May 25 and 27. It was approved for Phil Kingery and Craig Moffet to be hired part time for the Public Works Department. Phil will be mowing on evenings and weekends. Craig has worked previously for the last four or five summers and will return to help out with paint striping and signs. The two will work for the season through the second week of August at $12/hour.

The concept and idea for properties to be built by Plank Properties on the corner of Walnut Street and Second Street was approved. Merl Miller will be building three duplexes that are similar to those seen on Elm Street (two bedrooms and one bath).They will be community units with one having a garage and the other not. Matt Bernius noted that it was close to Masterbrand and other big employers for those who may be moving in and looking for employment. Grant Corum explained that two blocks will be needed for a water main which could cost anywhere from $40,000 to $50,000. Sewer is already available in the alley. A fire hydrant would also be needed at both ends . “We need the housing, but I hate to see the additional costs. I also would hate to turn down the project,” stated Dave Tiffan. After some further discussion, the board approved the concept.

The board approved for Toby Bontrager to stay on his property site in a camper while he demolishes his current house and builds a new one. He hopes to start construction next month. Some board members pointed out that this would usually be against the zoning codes, but Attorney Kenny Crossman pointed out a section which would allow Bontrager to stay on his property. The section pointed out that “a mobile home may be temporary for a limited time of six months while a building is being constructed. A three month extension may be offered at written request.”

In June, there will be a hearing to vote on the FY 2021-2022 Budget and Appropriation Ordinance.

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