Bradford IEPA loan approved for water/sewer department

Policeman Ray Besimi takes the oath of office Monday evening during the village board meeting.  Besimi becomes a part of the expanding Bradford Police Department.
Policeman Ray Besimi takes the oath of office Monday evening during the village board meeting. Besimi becomes a part of the expanding Bradford Police Department.

Electronic recycling comes to Bradford

By John A. Ballentine
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At the Bradford Village board meeting Monday evening, an Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) $23,000 loan was approved for the water and sewer department fund. It is a long-term loan that will have a bi-yearly payment beginning on April 1 of this year.

Currently the water and sewer department has an $18,000 balance in its fund. The Reverse Osmosis (RO) system is still being paid for from years ago and according to Village President Henry Waldinger, “We still have a lot to pay off on that.”

A new five-year contract with Eagle Enterprises Recycling, of Galva, was approved that remains at the same rate as the previous five-year contract. The exception is that electronic recycling of televisions, computers, etc. will be included at 35¢ per pound once a month for pick-up.

Village officials will soon be sending out a flyer with details about the program on how to and what will be recycled. “This recycling program will commence on July 1 of this year,” Eagle spokesman Adam Jaquet explained to the board.

Sworn into office at the meeting was Police Officer Ray Besimi, who will complement Bradford’s expanding police force. Matt Shipp was absent to be sworn in.

According to Maintenance Supervisor Jim Chadwick, “I hired a new guy last Thursday, William “Billy” Coleman [of Bradford] and he seems to be doing pretty good, so far.”
Also, Chadwick informed the board that the new sewer pump that replaces an unrepairable damaged pump, will cost $8,800 with installation included, at the sewer department. It has a prorated five-year warranty, but Chadwick predicted the pump will last over a 25-year life-span.

In addition to that, the seals and bearings for the trickling filter need to be replaced for a cost of approximately $5,000. Therefore, the board approved a $15,000 expenditure to be taken out of the sewer certificate of deposit, which currently is valued at $32,000.

Approximately 30 new village ordinances are on the way to being approved over several months’ time. Currently they are being “formulated” for the Village of Bradford modeled on Kewanee’s ordinances. September is the expected date when the last of the 30 ordinances will be on the books and enforced. The purpose is to retain fine payments in Bradford, instead of Stark County collecting the fine payments.

The village will be placing an ad in local papers for swimming pool lifeguards for the upcoming swimming season at the Bradford Pool.

A personnel committee of President Waldinger, Trustees Tony Carlton and Bob Boehm was approved by the board to interact with village employees.

The village’s ladder firetruck will be put up for bids this month. Village Treasurer Julie Gage stated, “We have proof they used it.” That happens to be a requirement in order to be able to sell an item received from the State surplus agency.

“Clean-up at the cemetery will be March 23 and 24, heavy trash pick-up will be the week of April 4-8 and hydrant flushing will occur on April 13 and 14,” Maintenance Supervisor Jim Chadwick reaffirmed to the board.

Mowing bids for the village’s park and cemetery were opened and Bock’s Lawn Care was approved to do this season’s mowing and trimming. The bid was for $35 per mowing of the park and $325 for the cemetery. Other bidders included Nichol’s Outdoor Services, Jeffry Lape and Lawn Care Plus.

Grandma Rosie’s Sweet Treats will be housed in a trailer again this year because the building they had chosen in Bradford to set up their business in, was incompatible.
With no further business, the board adjourned the meeting. Next month the village board meeting will occur on April 11, Monday, at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall building.

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