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Tiskilwa benefits from steam train event

Published: Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 6:32 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 6:50 p.m. CDT

TISKILWA — Mayor Randy Philhower and Tiskilwa Village Board member Eric Paull both agreed the steam train fundraising event held last week was a good thing for the village.

The Tiskilwa and Sheffield fire departments sold tickets for a ride in historic railroad cars pulled by an antique steam train engine owned by the Interstate Iowa Railroad between the two villages on Sunday.

Philhower and Paull both commented about the train event during Tuesday night’s village board meeting.

“The train ride was a huge success for the fire department and other organizations in town,” said Philhower. “We had a lot of people come to town, and it was a good public relations move on our part.”

Paull commended the work done by all the organizations in town for their efforts during Sunday’s event. “It was a good thing and brought a lot of people to town,” he added.

Philhower also felt the planning went well for the train ride and said everybody did a fine job.

Each fire department will use monies raised from the ticket sales to purchase equipment for a fire truck (Tiskilwa) and a brush truck (Sheffield).

In other business, Philhower said water main work will be done in front of the Tiskilwa Library during the construction work for a new library building currently being done on Main Street.

Village engineer Jack Kusek said work is being done on the village’s water tank level project, and most of the sand has been moved out of the second sewer plant filter with material being hauled to the village’s sewer plant.

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