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Village discusses the possibility of placing a cell tower from T-Mobile

Staff Writer

At the Arthur Village Board meeting held Monday, September 19, T-Mobile has expressed interest in constructing a telecommunications tower in the Arthur area. This could benefit residents who don’t have Verizon as their cell service and for visitors who come to town and often don’t get a signal because they have service from AT&T. T-Mobile has offered to pay the village $600/month if a tower does get installed in the area. Board members discussed a few areas where the tower could possibly go, should they agree to move forward with the project. A 100×100 space would be needed for the tower. Some areas that were discussed included the west or northeast corner of the lagoon or behind the football field. A decision was made to look further into the possibility of constructing a tower, but this wasn’t a final decision to move forward on doing so just yet.

Homecoming was also discussed by Arthur Village Board President Rod Randall.He stated that the high school cheerleaders wanted help from community members to decorate for homecoming. This year’s theme was the “Wild West.” The cheerleaders would be heading out to all of the four communities in the school district to decorate. This year’s homecoming is October 3 through the 8th.

Matt Bernius shared the expenditure report. He stated there was nothing too out of the ordinary aside from a couple of expenses which included an invoice from Phil’s Towing for $133,802.66 and one for $117,947.25 for the Hersch Manor Lift Station from Burdick Plumbing and Heating.

Grant informed the board that the fence was now up at the wastewater plant and that the electric gate is up. He said they were still waiting for the manual one to be put up. Grant also stated that the village tentatively planned to do hydrant flushing October 11 through October 13.

For the new business side of things, the board approved closing Sunrise Drive for the C.H.I Color Run on October 8 from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. It would be a charitable event to benefit homelessness.

A motion was made to sell surplus property formerly known as Penn Central Railroad to EZ Trail Inc for $0.50/square foot.

Board members made a motion to move a portion of the village funds to Midwest Money Market at the State Bank of Arthur (Morton Community Bank). The village would get a 1.3% on their return whereas presently, they are only getting a 0.26% return.

Another benefit to moving to the money market was the ability to have unlimited transfers.

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