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Open house planned for Tiskilwa Library

TISKILWA — Tiskilwa residents can see the building plans and ask questions about a new addition to the existing library costing less than $1 million at an open house set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the library.

Tiskilwa Library Board President Rich Foss told Tiskilwa Village Board members at their meeting Tuesday night that bids for the project are due to be open in May with ground being broken this summer for the addition.

“We want to occupy it by next spring or summer,” he said.

The addition will be at ground level and placed on empty lots to the east of the existing library, added Foss. An inside ramp will connect the new addition and the existing library instead of having an exterior ramp in a $1.8 million plan rejected by voters in 2010.

Village board members voted to waive building permit fees for the library’s addition, but to charge for monthly water and sewer usage.

Board members have received word they will receive a $504,000 Illinois Public Library Construction Grant to fund 51 percent of the building project. The remaining $486,000 for the project will come from savings accumulated by the library board over the years, $35,000 in donations from private individuals and a line of credit from a local bank, said Foss.

The village had transferred ownership of the lots for the addition to the library about a year ago since the building had to be owned by the library instead of the village as it had been since the library was created in 1908.

Ron Behrends and Dave Forristall talked to village board members about the replacement of the sidewalk in front of Indian Valley Inn and Valley Market this summer that is estimated to cost about $10,000. Tiskilwa Community Association members will pay for the cost of the materials needed for the project, estimated to cost about $10,000.

Village board members approved TCA using a village backhoe and truck to haul the old concrete away for the project, estimated to take about a week to 10 days to complete.

Board members also decided to keep the flower boxes on Main Street in this block after the project is finished instead of removing them as well as having the flower box in front of the current library be relocated to allow for the handicapped accessible parking spaces and ramps for the library addition.

Board members decided to spend around $10,000 to repair various creek areas around the village damaged by the recent flooding. If Bureau County is declared a federal disaster area, the village may be able to recoup these funds, said Mayor Randy Philhower. Money will be placed in the village’s appropriation ordinance for this work in the next fiscal year that started May 1.

With Strawberry Festival being moved back one week to June 15 this year due to cold spring temperatures not allowing strawberries to grow, the village’s clean-up day is set for June 21.

Philhower also told board members that it will cost about $48,000 to replace two filters and new sand at the village’s sewer plant and work at the water tank should be finished in June after the power company connects electrical lines.

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