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Lyndon Public Works Director John Wright supervises the installation of storm drain in front of the Lyndon Post Office.
Lyndon Water Issues Discussed00:00 AM October 12, 2017
Discussion surrounding the village’s water system was a popular topic during the October meeting of the Lyndon Board of Trustees. The city is currently working on a plan to finance upgrades to its water and storm water systems.
President Doug Dunlap reported that the village had received a bid for the engineering costs on a water line extension for the east side of town. Sharon Pepin from Community Funding and Planning Services, who is working with the village to find funding for the project, deemed the bid too high. Dunlap said Pepin would attend the village’s finance meeting to further update them on options.
Public Works Director John Wright was given permission to purchase 12 new water meters for use in the village. This purchase will be used to replace older units and will reduce the number of meters that are currently unable to be read remotely.
Bids to paint the water tower were received and ranged from $34,000 - $52,000 and will be passed on to Pepin to be included in a package of projects that will update the water system, for which she is currently seeking funding. The tower was last painted in 2004. Wright also asked the trustees to seek bids for the cleaning of the inside of the tower.
Last month the village discussed the issue of adjusting water bills for residents. The current policy states that the village is responsible for any leaks up to the meter at a residence with the owner responsible for any problems past the meter. Village resident Neil Johnson had asked the village for an abatement on a water bill for a property he owns that is currently empty. Johnson received a bill for approximately $450 for 78,000 gallons of water. Wright believes an outside water faucet was turned on for a number of days resulting in the high usage. Trustee Beau Wetzell said he felt the usage could have been prevented if the water had been turned off in the house, which is the homeowner’s responsibility.
The board denied the abatement and will consider an amendment to its ordinance regarding a fee to have the village come to a residence to check for a leak. The change would charge a fee if the leak is the homeowner’s responsibility. The board also voted to end the practice of adjusting water bills.
In other action a permit was granted to Bear’s Showtown USA to hold an outdoor music event on Saturday, October 28. The permit allows for outdoor music between the hours of 1 and 10 PM.
The board approved a resolution allowing Dunlap to work with other local municipalities to obtain a bid for electrical aggregation.
Hours for trick-or-treating from 4:30-7:00 were approved.
The trustees reviewed hours for outdoor burning and asked the public to adhere to the guidelines. A reminder will be published online and in the village newsletter.
John Wright thanked several volunteers who helped pour the new sidewalk in front of the village post office. Two large trees have been removed and a storm water system was installed near the front of the building.
He also reminded village residents there will be an E-waste collection at the city garage on Saturday, October 14 from 9 AM till noon. Water hydrants will also be flushed on Tuesday, October 17.
Police Chief Mike Fisk told the trustees he has attended several trainings recently and related a story about Illinois’ longest running cold case murder which took place in Atkinson, Illinois which was discussed at one his sessions. He also reported that Michael Greeno was fined in county court for clutter and derelict vehicles in his yard. Fisk says Greeno is making progress with the problem.
Trustee Gary Sutton told the board the weather alert siren located at the fire station may not have to be moved as originally thought as part of the station’s renovation. He felt that changes to the plan may allow the siren to stay in its current location. He also advised that the village would have to find additional parking for firemen since the addition to the department’s current building will take over the current parking area. Sutton also publicly thanked the fire district’s trustees for supporting decisions that were beneficial to the Lyndon Department.
The board’s next monthly meeting will be held On Tuesday, November 14 at 6:00 p.m.