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Looking for a cheaper alternative

TISKILWA — Tiskilwa Mayor Randy Philhower told Jack Kusek, village engineer, at Tuesday’s meeting of the Tiskilwa Village Board to explore a cheaper alternative to fixing the village’s wastewater plant problems.

Kusek recommended an option to spend $140,000 to $150,000 to rebuild the plugged up sand filters at the wastewater plant to get better drainage and not be as tough to maintain.

Philhower told Kusek he would want to know how much it will cost to replace the existing sand and pipes to prevent the duckweed problem that has reduced the sand’s effectiveness in allowing drainage in the wastewater plant’s pool. Philhower said the current system has worked for many years, and he didn’t want Kusek to spend any more money to draw up plans on the more expensive alternative he proposed to village board members.

Kusek also told village board members the four existing bridges in the village are due for inspection this summer.

Philhower opened six bids for mowing at the village’s two parks. The low bid of $39 for each park was received from Kernan Lawn Service of Princeton and accepted by the board. Other bids were received from Hedley Lawn Care of Utica, Mike Sergeant of Princeton, B & L Services of Princeton, John’s TLC of Tiskilwa and LaPorte Mowing Service of Princeton.

A bid of $1,150 was also accepted from John Sims for removal of a tree on Hill Street and grinding up the stump.

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