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Sesquicentennial tentatively scheduled for September 2, 2023 during the 50th year anniversary of the Arthur Cheese Festival and 150th anniversary of Arthur

By ARIANA R. CHERRY
Staff Writer

Members of the Arthur Village Board commented about the Strawberry Jam Festival as they began their meeting on the evening of Monday, June 6.

Trustee Jim Fleming thanked those who had put together the festival even though the crowd numbers were a little lower than it had been in the past. Other members agreed, and noted that it may take some time to build festival numbers back up similar to what they were before the COVID pandemic.

Mayor Rod Randall announced that the flags for the sesquicentennial have been placed downtown. Randall noted that the village was looking tentatively at the date of September 2, 2023 as being the official start of the sesquicentennial celebration. It will be the 50th year celebration of the Arthur Cheese Festival and the 150th year anniversary of the town. Randall also mentioned to keep the family of Roger Hansen in their prayers, as he passed away recently.

After the reports from trustees and the village president, expenditures were reported at $42,033.60 by Treasurer Mike Hilgenberg. There was nothing major to comment on besides the invoice for the interview room which was billed $12,768.98 for its recent updates.

Stephanie Alexander from the Moultrie-Douglas County Fair Association announced that this year’s fair is scheduled for July 5 to July 9. The fair is opening on a Tuesday instead of Monday this year because Monday is Independence Day. The liquor license was approved for the sale of alcohol at the beer tent which would be located near the grand stand again this year. The beer tent will be open from 5:00 pm to 1:00 am and no sales of alcohol will be made after 12:30 am Friday, Saturday or Sunday. All patrons will be asked to leave at 1:00 am.

A second adjustment request for water billing within a 12 month period was made from 217 South Walnut Street (apartment building next to the public library). In February 2021 a full leak adjustment was made and then a sewer adjustment was made in August 2021. The apartment building has been using 3.5 to 4.5 times more water than what has normally been used in a month. There is only one meter for all of the eight units. An approval was made to adjust the sewer rate, but not the water.

Earl Walker Co was awarded for their bid amount of $268,893.00 for the 2022 Non-MFT street maintenance (chip and oil). They were the only bidder for the project. It was higher than last year’s bid of $200,000 since the price of supplies have increased.

The bidding process for SCADA upgrades for the water operations was waived for Engineered Solutions Midwest, Inc. Their bid amount was $99,432.41 This is also the same company who built the panels so it was preferred that the village continue to do business with them.

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