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Tiskilwa OKs inline water main valve

TISKILWA — Tiskilwa Village Board members voted Tuesday night to spend an estimated $3,500 to $4,000 to install an inline valve on the water main in front of the Tiskilwa Library.

This work will be accomplished when the contractor for the new library building currently under construction tears up the road in front of the library to tap into the water main with a 4-inch line to supply water for the new building.

Mayor Randy Philhower said the inline valve will allow water to be supplied to other businesses on Main Street during the construction phase instead of shutting down the water main during the water line work on the Tiskilwa Library.

Philhower said it would be nice to have 12 more valves like this around town to help shut down a portion of the village during water main problems instead of shutting water supplies down to larger portions of the village during emergencies.

In related business, Village Engineer Jack Kusek said the water plant project that has taken several months to finish is now complete. He is anxious to see how the plant will operate when the village employees flush water hydrants.

Kusek also told board members the sewer plant sand filter project is finished. Philhower said a concrete ditch check has been completed on the Arch Street bridge.

In other business, board members voted to donate $500 to the Bureau County Senior Center after hearing a presentation on the center’s activities and programs from Marion Carper, who is in charge of the center’s outreach program.

Carper told board members the center operates solely on grants and donations. Philhower said many village residents use the center’s services.

Trick or treat hours on Halloween in Tiskilwa will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 with a parade on Main Street beginning at 5:30 p.m.

A 50-year franchise with NICOR Gas was approved after Philhower was notified the lease with NICOR signed 50 years ago to provide gas services to Tiskilwa residents and businesses was due to expire.

Philhower will prepare the village’s tax levy to be voted on at next month’s village board meeting. The village’s equalized assessed valuation has decreased again this year, reported Philhower.

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