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Fireworks 2023 show scheduled for Saturday, July 1

Green Wave Lawn Care hired for landscaping work at the Gazebo and Welcome Center

Staff Writer

Rev. John Stewart spoke about this summer’s firework show on behalf of the Rotary Club at the most recent Arthur Village Board meeting. He said that they were working on making it a special night since this is Arthur’s sesquicentennial, although he isn’t quite sure what the plan is yet. The fireworks will be shown on Saturday, July 1 with Sunday, July 2 being the rain date.

The board approved Green Wave Lawn Care of Tuscola to help improve the current landscaping at the Welcome Center and gazebo parking areas. They provided the village with a quote of $1,905 (one time cost) for resetting the brick edging and removing the extra mulch. Green Wave Lawn Care will also be helping with spring clean up by mowing the grass, adding mulch where needed, pulling weeds once a month and fertilizing the lawn once for the season. This will cost the village $2,567 annually which the board approved.

In other news, $41,333.64 in expenditures were approved. A TIF Grant request for 179 North Spruce Street in the amount of $28,800 was approved. A bid in the amount of $239,351.10 from Ne-CoAsphalt Company for parking lot improvements and the resurfacing of the 100 block of East Illinois Street was approved. A motion was made to hire Wes Yoder for annual property maintenance at the well site in the amount of $925. It also was approved.

Police Chief Goodman told the board that the department received its new drug terminator incinerator that was recently purchased about a week ago. A test run was performed last Saturday morning and he said it worked very well. They were able to get rid of three large boxes of old prescription drugs and it was burned down in less than an hour. There has been one application in response to the current job opening and he has also had a few resume responses from an ad that was placed on

Grant Corum of Public Works informed the board that the new sludge press was installed at the wastewater treatment plant. He said it was started up last Wednesday and everyone was trained on how to operate it. Corum also stated that Harrison Electric put in a new starter at the Dogwood Pump Station. He also shared his new FY 2023-2028 Capital Improvement Plan and told members of the board that it is always evolving and there could always be new projects that could be added in the future. Corum has left some room in the budget to do a new future water source study. He said the village will need to decide in the future whether they find a new resource for water or build a new plant. The new projects that have been assigned to the improvement plan will cost about $650,000.

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