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TIF Facade, Construction Grant awarded to Taylor/Fritz Properties

Purchase of 13 automatic external defibrillators (AED) for the village approved

By ARIANA R. CHERRY
Staff Writer

The Arthur Village Board recently met on Monday, August 15 in the Arthur Community Room in the Municipal Building.

A TIF Facade grant was awarded to Taylor-Fritz properties for the buildings at 134 and 136 South Vine Street to replace the awnings in the amount of $5,700. A TIF construction grant was also awarded for his property at 122 S Walnut Street. A new roof is needed for It’ll Do and Dicks Pharmacy. The board agreed that both buildings are great assets for the downtown area and that the grant would help offset some of the costs of a new roof. The businesses offer both job creation and job retention. A grant in the amount of $19,700 was awarded.

The purchase of automatic external defibrillators (AED) for the village in the amount of $20,966.55 was approved. Chief Goodman also requested a grant from the Timm Trust fund to help purchase 13 units. Defibrillators will be placed in each squad car and one will be replaced in the Arthur Community Building. They also will be placed in the Visitor’s Center, Public Works, the Arthur Public Library and the pool. A cabinet will be added at the Brad-O-Clen facility where one will be placed and they also will be placed in each of the concession stands for the park district. The defibrillators will be a combination of both adult and pediatric ones. They all will be purchased over a process of two years – this year and next year.

Expenditures were reported at $31,342.74. The total included a bill from Dr. Graham for spaying and neutering of cats for the trap and release program. Chief Goodman informed the board that recently animal control set ten traps on Surrey Lane and the Taylor Lane neighborhood. Seven or eight females were caught. The clinic had students from the University of Illinois to assist with the services. The process was completed in about five days. The goal of the trap and release program is to keep the cat population from growing over time.

Grant Corum of Public works shared his report, informing the board that his contractors had been doing the installation of utilities for the Arthur Homes project which have now been completed. The water tower was filled and the first sample was taken last Monday morning. Once that sample passes, it will get another one in 24 hours to check again. If both samples passed, it would have been fully functional online as of last Wednesday. Corum noted that everything has gone well with the project.

During the new business discussion, Stephanie Wierman announced the regular road closings during the annual Arthur Amish Country Cheese Festival. The closings are the same as last year. The closings will begin on the Friday night before the festival begins and then reopen Monday evening at 5:00 pm. She also congratulated the Lions Club for a great tractor pull. “It was a great crowd. I think people were eager to have a tractor pull. There hadn’t been one for three years. I think there will be a huge crowd for the rodeo this weekend too. I think they are looking to make that an annual event as well,” she said. Wierman also noted a couple ribbon cuttings coming up which included the First Neighbor Bank, Thursday, August 25 at 11:30 am, and Dansig Insurance on Tuesday, August 30 at 10:00 am.

The village board approved the purchase of a new Quincy duplex air compressor for the water treatment plant from Central Power Products in the amount of $6,030.08. The old compressor was about 20 years old.

For the upcoming Arthur’s Sesquicentennial Celebration, the board also approved the purchase of 1,000 letter openers with the new Arthur logo for the amount of $0.75 each. Members of the board will pass them out and offer them to downtown businesses to sell so that they can help promote the celebration.

Trustee Jim Fleming thanked the village for a successful tractor pull that the Arthur Lions Club put on. He said everything went great without a problem.

Mayor Rod Randall informed the board members that a memorial bench was purchased in memory of John McGrath. They will decide on an ideal place for it.

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