NEPONSET — The Neponset Village Board conducted the following business when it met July 24:
• Minutes were read and accepted. Bills were approved. No treasurer's report this month.
*Trustee Gene Costin reported they are putting up new traffic signs and also the village should get three new culverts for Chestnut, Elm and Commercial streets next week.
• Trustee Ken Snyder reported he and Markus Chapman will meet with Matt Hansen from Willett Hofmann Engineering regarding the generator bids for the water plant, Hansen will also speak about the surge suppressor and one leg phase protector cost as related to the village's loan. Wayne Gerrond recommended approving the new proposal with a $500 increase for discretionary spending to expedite the Installation of the surge suppressor and one leg phase protector for Well No. 4.
• Barb Jannie had a request for a building permit from Matt Holton for a deck around his pool. The mayor said if it’s not connected to the house, Holton will not need a permit.
• John Pratt handed out the police report for June and filed the police roster for 2013. He will work with the clerk to get the lawns at vacant properties cleaned up.
• Wayne Gerrond reported the water department is replacing all meters in need of repair and hopes to complete the project this year.
• Mayor Carl Rohrig said there have been reports of stolen gas cans from garages. Residents should keep their garages locked. Rohrig also mentioned reports of four-wheelers speeding around the streets without permits and with drivers who appear to be underage. If the city receives a complaint, the city will give a citation and possibly confiscate the vehicle.
• The village is getting new trash cans for the village and is considering asking the school to have the art students design and paint the new trash cans.
• Regarding the bids for the generator for the water plant, Matt Hansen from Willett Hofmann gave each board member a summary of the three bids and the summary of the Environmental Protection Agency loan amount for the water plant. Hansen said there would be no increase to the water bill rates if this is added to the EPA loan.
Special hearing in Neponset
NEPONSET — No questions were asked from the public at a special hearing held July 24 by the Neponset Village Board on an infrastructure project in the village.
Mayor Carl Rohrig introduced Kendall Cramer, Community Development coordinator for the North Central Illinois Council of Governments (NCICG). The village hired NCICG in 2010 to prepare and submit a grant application to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, resulting in the village receiving $350,000 for its water treatment system improvements.
The village leveraged the CDAP grant by contributing about $614,087 to the project, which brough the total project cost, including engineering and administration, to about $964,087.
The general contractor was D.J Sickley Co., Inc. The engineer for the project was Willett Hoffmann and Associates.
Grant funds were used to construct a hydrous manganese oxide filtration system to remove high levels of radium in the village's water system. The village underwent this project to comply with a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrative order.
No questions were asked from the audience.