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TIF Request approved to Amish Country Heirlooms

Public Works to begin seeking bids to resurface East Illinois Street

Staff Writer

The Arthur Village Board approved a TIF grant request by Amish Country Heirlooms at their most recent board meeting. Some of the improvements that need to be done include reskinning the side of the building, replastering and repainting the backside and repairing the roof since some parts of it have been leaking. Once the weather improves and warms up, the work will begin. The estimated amount of the project is $30,000.

Permission was granted to Grant Corum of Public Works to begin seeking bids for engineering estimates for the resurfacing of the 100 block of East Illinois Street. “It is in very poor shape and there are cracks everywhere. I would like to put this on the street budget for the coming year,” he informed.

The board approved for Michael Elsberry to attend the IRWA Conference during the time of February 21-23, 2023. Corum informed the board that this was a routine event and that someone from the Public Works department usually attended every year.

This is a conference for those who already have a license. There will be no mileage pay since the company truck will be used and no extra fees except for the registration cost. Another trip was approved for Derek Rhodes, who will be attending Wastewater Short School May 22-26, 2023 in Edwardsville, IL through the Southern Illinois University ERTC Program. There will be mileage pay as well as meal and hotel reimbursements. The class is a stepping stone for getting experience in wastewater treatment so that in the future Rhodes can get his license. The estimate of the trip will be about $500-$600.

Some other news and announcements that took place at the board meeting included Corum announcing that the street sweeper has been in the shop and that as soon as it has been repaired, he will have it out cleaning the streets. Expenditures were $77,417.20. Some of those expenses included payments to Leaf it to Us Tree Company and Midwest Meter. Police Chief Goodman covered a couple main points from his annual police report. He informed the board that the police department has had 91% case clearance and out of all the traffic stops in the past year, 25% resulted in a citation and 75% were verbal and written warnings. President Rod Randall announced that the calendars for the sesquicentennial that were recently printed did not have a June 21. If you have a calendar without that date and it needs to be corrected, Pinnacle Point will update and make the corrections.

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