By John A. Ballentine
There were more agenda items tabled than acted upon during Monday’s LaFayette Village meeting this month. More information is sought before decisions are made concerning a new scoreboard at the Park District, bids on the snowplow repairs, trees at the Park District and playground equipment.
Three items were discussed and some action taken involving insurance premiums, addressing changes and the blue snowplow pickup truck sale.
“Insurance premiums for 2019 will be the same as 2018 with no increase,” Trustee Clarence Wagher reported. The amount of the premium was not given during Monday’s meeting.
Village residential address changes will be occurring in a month or two according to Village President Greg Bartley. Once the new addressing is completed and sent to the Post Office, residents will be informed if their current address remains the same or will be changing.
One bid for $500 from Wyoming resident Trent Frisby was received and accepted for the older model blue snowplow pickup truck that was put up for sale. The board voted unanimously to accept Frisby’s bid.
A donation has been requested for a new scoreboard purchase to be located at the old baseball field of the Park District. No amount of donation was specified or information provided about the scoreboard plans. Trustee Clarence Wagher suggested tabling action for 60 days on the agenda item. The trustees want more information prior to making a decision about donating.
Also tabled for one month were bids on repairs of the white snowplow pickup truck. The only bid received so far was for approximately $2,900 to complete the repairs. The trustees want at least one more bid for comparison.
“Nobody from the Park District has approached us about this,” President Bartley said in referencing removal of some trees on village property. The trees are located adjacent to the Park District’s property. Trustee Larry Townsend added, “One is in pretty bad shape.” Bartley requested the item be tabled until next month for action.
Finally, a playground equipment update was tabled until next month. Trustee Townsend added to the conversation, “Before we put in equipment, we need to fix some problems in the village’s park. There are tree stumps that need removing and where stumps were removed there are holes.” The board will discuss remedies for these problems in next month’s meeting.
Hydrant flushing for the village will occur two weeks from today on June 21st. The LaFayette Fire Department will be training as well as flushing the hydrants that day.
On an a side note, LaFayette resident and owner of O’Bryant’s Tree Service, Jeff O’Bryant, donated $400 of the $750 fee for removal of some trees on village property. The donation is designated for purchasing playground equipment. Also Trustee Clarence Wagher has donated his yearly trustee salary of $220 for the playground equipment purchase, as well. And Becky Dalrymple’s daughter donated $20 for the same purpose.
By John A. Ballentine