By Doris Elmore
Ordinance changes, budget & appropriation for FY 22-23, and grants highlighted the regular meeting of the Atwood Village Board on Monday, August 8.
The board passed Ordinance #2022-O-11 to adopt specifications on fences within the Village of Atwood. This simply means before you can erect a fence on your property, you must obtain a permit.
Final warning letters were sent to the owners of five (5) abandoned properties. If the village receives no response, they will issue ordinance violations.
A discussion was held regarding an ordinance to prohibit power wind mills within the Village of Atwood. No action was taken.
Village President Bill Fleming told the board the village received a letter from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources informing them that both the grant applications have been approved for the park expansion. The village will be receiving up to $15,000 of matching fund to acquire additional land and up to $20,000 of matching funds to develop the acquired lands. The village is directed not to proceed until they have received information and instructions concerning the implementation of the project.
Trustee Diane Eagan gave a sesquicentennial update: A float promoting next year’s sesquicentennial will be in the festival parade. Board members were invited to ride on the float, but the required dress code was from the 1800’s. The following items were available for ordering at the festival: adult t-shirts: $15; youth t-shirts: $10; tote bags: $7; and window clings: $2.00.
In early spring, banners will be placed on Main Street to promote the 2023 sesquicentennial event in conjunction with the Apple Dumpling Festival 2023. Volunteers are needed to assist in the planning and executing of the 2023 ADF/Sesquicentennial event.
The board voted to donate $2,500 for the Apple Dumpling Festival.
Watch for a separate article on the changes to the village ordinances in the near future.
The next meeting will be Monday, September 12, at 6 p.m.