“City Clean Up Days” unable to be scheduled this year
By ARIANA R. CHERRY
At the beginning of the regular meeting of the Arthur Village Board on March 21, 2022, Mayor Rod Randall announced that the community was mourning the loss of two residents recently: Gail Pearce and John McGrath. “Both will be missed and made significant contributions to our community,” said Randal. Trustee Matt Bernius echoed his thoughts.
Bernius reported $58,867.55 in expenditures that included a payment of $38,920 to Heartland Bank and Trust.
Police Chief Michael Goodman reported that over the past few weeks that he received a complaint from the Surrey Lane neighborhood. He noted that a fairly large group of people (about 25) had taken up most of the parking space and the residents who lived in the area hardly had any room to park. The group seemed to have come from residents who are renting their homes as VRBO’s (Vacation Rental by Owner). This is becoming more common as more people begin to rent their homes or portions of their homes on websites such as AirBnB.
Goodman said this was the first complaint of this type and was wondering if possibly the village may create some type of ordinance concerning these types of situations in the near future. Randall replied by saying the village would look further into the situation and have more discussion soon.
Also during Goodman’s report, Elliott Tinnon’s status has been changed from part time to full time police officer at a salary of $24.95/hour. He left his place of employment in Sullivan on April 5, 2022.
Construction and administration of a sludge press installation not to exceed $14,500 by the Farnsworth Group was approved. Most of the design phase of this project has already been paid for, and this part will be for construction overview and to be sure everything is correctly placed as it was enginned.
A sale for property formerly known as Penn Central Railroad to ANDD Rentals was approved for $11,250.
An ordinance was approved declaring 417 South Union Street as surplus property was approved.
Grant Corum of Public Works presented the FY 2022-2027 Capital Improvement Plan which was approved by the board. The following projects and costs are as listed below:
Capital Improvement Completion Summary
Creation of original CIP, $18,000 (FY 2016-2017)
Sandblast & paint well heads, $15,000 (FY 2017-2018)
Roof replacement at well house, $2,500 (FY 2018-2019)
Softener backwash basin rehab, $4,400 (FY 2018-2019)
WTP Hi-E dehumidifiers, $6,500 (FY 2018-2019)
WWTP 800 amp transfer switch upgrade, $24,000 FY 2018-2019)
WWTP lagoon aerator rehab, $28,000 (FY 2018-2019)
WWTP blowers & diffusers, $ 225,000 (FY 2018-2019)
WTP furnace replacement, $8,000 (FY 2019-2020)
Beacon meter reading equipment, $15,000 (FY 2019-2020)
WTP softener #2 rehab, $21,500 (FY 2019-2020)
WWTP control panel relocation, $24,500 (FY 2019-2020)
WTP process pipe painting, $45,000 (FY 2019-2020)
Well #9 rehabilitation and cleaning, $48,000 (FY 2019-2020)
WWTP influent screen, $365,000 (FY 2019-2020)
WWTP Clarifier (engineering only), $30,000 (FY 2020-2021)
WTP Mi-Ox Installation, $38,000 (FY 2020-2021)
WWTP 400 amp electric service, $40,000 (FY 2020-2021)
WWTP laboratory/press building, $290,000 (FY 2020-2021)
Sanitary sewer main and manhole lining, $2,100,000 (FY 2020-2021). ** Bi-annual payments of $50,927.33, $102,000 (FY 2021-2040)
Well #8 rehabilitation and cleaning, $48,000 (FY 2021-2022)
Hersch Manor lift station rehab, $160,000 (FY 2021-2022)
CIP cost to date through FY 2021-2022, $3,551,400 (FY 2017-2022)
(All completed project costs include engineering fees, if applicable)
**Approved projects for FY 2022-2023
WWTP Sludge Press installation, $401,000 (FY 2022-2023)
Water Tower painting & rehab, $282,300 (FY 2022-2023)
During the General Discussion portion of the meeting, it was announced that there had been an issue with city clean up days.
The Advanced Disposal company has been bought out by Waste Management and presently do not have the staff to do city clean up days unless they already have current contracts in place.
Erica Carter has been looking into other available companies, but nobody else is doing city clean-ups right now.
With Advanced Disposal no longer able and no other available companies, there will not be city clean up days this year.
The village is looking into other alternatives to come up with other ideas for getting rid of hazardous wastes, etc.