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Tiskilwa approves budget, appropriation ordinance

TISKILWA — The Tiskilwa Village Board on Tuesday approved the annual budget and appropriation ordinance for the upcoming fiscal year.

The $1,049,000 spending document is down slightly from the previous year due to several factors discussed by Mayor Randy Philhower with the village board members at their meeting in June. Philhower said the village streets will be spray patched instead of seal coated, saving about $60,000 in motor fuel taxes.

Board member Gene Gustafson said he is still waiting for Ace in the Hole of Washburn to show up and spray patch the village streets. Gustafson said company personnel told him workers would be in Tiskilwa the first or second week of July, but no such work has been done on the village’s street as of Tuesday night’s meeting. Village board members had voted in June to spend up to $7,500 to pay for this work.

In other business, board members voted to name Arthur Walters as Citizen of the Year. Walters, a 30-year member of the ambulance service, will be honored at the Pow Wow Days parade in August and at the Homestead Festival parade in Princeton in September.

Village engineer Jack Kusek told board members he is still waiting on Ameren personnel to come to Tiskilwa to hook up electric lines for the village’s water tank level project. The rest of the equipment for the project is finished, waiting on electric lines to power it.

Kusek also said all the village’s bridges and dams will be inspected Wednesday and asked what is being done to kill the duck weeds in the village’s sewer plant pond in order to remove the filter and get it fixed.

Village board member Dave Wright said he will work with village employees to see what kind of sprayer they need to get the job done or if they need to get a boat to properly spray and kill the duck weeds to get the project done this year, since the other pond was done earlier this summer.

Village board members decided to pay 20 cents a gallon down payment for the amount of 600 gallons of propane, which is what the village normally uses in a year, to lock in a rate of $1.44 per gallon for next year with Ag View FS.

A liquor license for the Tiskilwa Community Association’s beer garden during Pow Wow Days was approved along with seeking bids to remove two trees around town, one dead pine tree in East Park and another split tree in a driveway.

Philhower said he has been asked about getting storm sirens erected in town. He estimated it would cost about $25,000 to $28,000 to put up two sirens.

Philhower said storm sirens have been discussed in the past and an issue that needs to be dealt with if they were put up would be deciding who and how the sirens would be set off in case of a storm. Philhower said if he, as fire chief, would be called out of town to see if a storm is coming to town, someone else would have to be in town to set off the sirens.

He asked about the liability of having storm sirens if a storm comes through the village and they aren’t set off to warn residents because of the responsible person(s) not being around all times of the day.

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