LaFayette holds light agenda meeting

By John A. Ballentine

The LaFayette board of trustees held their regularly scheduled monthly meeting Monday evening with all trustees present with the exception of Bethany Peterson. Four agenda items were scheduled for discussion and action.

The Village’s insurance renewal was briefly discussed and the premium will be paid in September once it is received. The insurance carrier is the Illinois Municipal League’s Risk Management Agency. A worksheet has been completed by Trustee Clarence Wagher and will be returned to the insurance company. The only change in coverage is the removal of the old snowplow pickup truck that was sold on bid last month.

Tree bids were received from Peterson Tree Service and from Jeff O’Bryant. Action on this was tabled until next month as the bid will be re-advertised to state there are three trees for removal and not two trees as previously stated in the ad.

There was no update on the emergency addresses project that has remained stagnant the past three to four months.

A park equipment update was given by Village President Greg Bartley. Bartley stated that there was now $10,761 in the Special Projects fund account designated to purchase park equipment. The existing swing set will remain as part of the village’s park playground equipment.

Not on the agenda was the bidding to repair the village’s snowplow pickup truck. Two Kewanee repair facilities have bid on the repairs. Tank’s bid was for $4,804 and Bill’s has a bid of $2,868. Bartley said he would approve Bill’s bid under maintenance thus foregoing a formal acceptance of the bid by the board of trustees.

In general discussion, contractor Dean Rosebecke stated that he has oiled the top valve of a non-working fire hydrant and used a breaker bar to loosen the valve so that it is now operational.

Rosebecke also reported that the door to the pump house of the village’s water system needs to be replaced and that one of the pumps has a leak. A tree near the pump house requires pruning to remove branches that are too close to the pump house.

Bartley directed Rosebecke to repair the items mentioned with the work authorized by Bartley under maintenance. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency will be conducting an inspection of LaFayette’s water system on the 14th of this month according to Bartley.

Rosebecke also reported that the door to the pump house of the village’s water system needs to be replaced and that one of the pumps has a leak. A tree near the pump house requires pruning to remove branches that are too close to the pump house.

Bartley directed Rosebecke to repair the items mentioned with the work authorized by Bartley under maintenance. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency will be conducting an inspection of LaFayette’s water system on the 14th of this month according to Bartley.

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