By John A. Ballentine
The Bradford Village Board of Trustees announced Monday that the Bradford Pool is set to open on May 29 this year. Tentatively the hours are Noon to 6 p.m., but will be adjusted throughout the summer.
Maintenance Supervisor Jim Chadwick reported, “The pool is up and running,” as of Monday. Trustee Wendy Moodie said, “The pool benefit will be Friday, August 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. We have a backup date of August 10th in case of bad weather.”
Austin Taylor, of North Central Illinois Council of Governments (NCICG), addressed the board concerning available grants the Village of Bradford could possibly apply for in order to receive financial aid in improving the community. Taylor explained that grant writing was also available by NCICG.
Taylor continued by informing the board of various grants the village could apply for to cleanup abandon properties, types of Illinois Department of Transportation grants, and beautification projects, for some examples of what is available.
Village President Henry Waldinger stated, “About every program you named, we could use. One in particular is replacing a sidewalk along the State’s Right-of-Way [on South Peoria Street]. We just don’t have enough Motor Fuel Tax money to repair it the way the State wants it done. The cost is exorbitant.”
The board passed a proclamation declaring May as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Awareness Month. Bradford residents Joanne and Del Holman submitted a letter to the board requesting the proclamation be adopted by Bradford.
The Holman’s daughter passed away after suffering from this disease. In their letter, the Holmans wrote, “We are writing on behalf of the Greater Chicago Chapter of The ALS Association to request that the board issue a proclamation declaring May as ALS Awareness Month in Bradford.
In May, members of the ALS community from across the country will gather in Washington, D.C. to raise awareness of the disease and advocate before their elected officials in the halls of Congress. It is important that their voices in Washington be echoed in the local communities across the country.”
ALS, commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive fatal neuro muscular disorder that occurs when motor nerve cells cease to function and die. There is no known cause, cure, or means of prevention.
The Holmans advocate ALS in order to raise awareness of the disease and to urge federal legislation to be enacted to provide additional funding for research in order to find a treatment and cure for ALS.
The village’s budget was approved without changes by the board. Street lighting was tabled in order to gather more information. Tree bids to remove four trees in the village’s parks were opened and read. The winning bid was submitted by Saw ‘N Logs at a cost of $1,550.
The Bradford Cemetery is to have additional gravel added to its’ roads. Bradford’s water well number three is operational again after electrical problems were repaired.
By John A. Ballentine