By John A. Ballentine
Standard lights at Bradford’s Village Hall, water and sewer facility, and the police station will be replaced with LED (light emitting diode) type lights in the near future. The Bradford Village Board of Trustees approved the $2,035 expenditure to complete the changeover in lighting.
Ameren will pay the remainder of the costs not covered by the Village’s obligation. Westefer Lighting, of Kewanee, will be completing the work, which will take approximately a week to finish. According to Maintenance Supervisor Jim Chadwick, “The savings annually would be $2,570, which doesn’t seem like a lot, but over 10 years would be $25,700.”
Chadwick said, “You go to buy lights for these existing ones now and they are fairly hard to find. The ballasts don’t work with the new bulbs. Ballasts run $50 to $60 each. What we are not saving currently is estimated to be $215 per month.”
Also under maintenance, Pat Berlin will be receiving a raise to $12 per hour for his part-time work as a village employee.
Under committee reports, gravel for the cemetery in Bradford is scheduled to be completed in the future months. Another meeting is scheduled concerning the Bradford Labor Day Celebration event and the Bradford Swimming Pool is functioning well.
The board of trustees approved the prevailing wage ordinance and also approved the new tax appropriations for the upcoming fiscal year. In addition, the Village’s audit was accepted and approved.
Tabled was a liquor license for a catering business.
Police Chief Landon Horrie reported to the board that Bradford’s damaged squad car involved in a high-speed pursuit Saturday will be taken to Bill’s Auto Body, in Kewanee, for an estimate of repairs. Repairs will be covered under the Village’s insurance. The crash, which damaged the squad car is still under investigation. It is being conducted by Bureau County where it had occurred. Horrie had no comment about the crash because it still is under investigation.
Bradford businesswoman, Jacqui Grant, addressed the board about pursuing the idea of obtaining a Dollar General store for Bradford. Petitions will be circulated asking the public if they would support the business by shopping there, if it was located in Bradford.
Grant also proposed to the board that Bradford conduct a 150th birthday celebration next year for the Village of Bradford, which was founded on August 13, 1869. Grant suggested the celebration be historic in nature for 2019 and that Main Street be “spruced up” by planting flowers around the trees lining Main Street.
The Village Board continues to discuss sidewalk repairs and replacements, especially from the corner of Main Street by Elsie Hodges Park to the Bradford Public Library.
By John A. Ballentine