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Wyanet gets new squad car

WYANET — A new squad car is on its way to Wyanet.

At the Wyanet Village Board meeting Tuesday night, the board unanimously approved the purchase of a new 2013 Chevy Impala squad car from Piehl Motors of Princeton. The cost of the vehicle is approximately $21,000 plus the cost for the installation of lights and a siren. The new squad car will replace the 2004 squad car Chief Todd Marquez is currently driving.

In other police business, Marquez provided the board with his department’s monthly activity report, and he also spoke about the “Drug Take Back” event that has been arranged from 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 26 at the Wyanet Rescue Building. Outdated prescriptions and unused medications can be turned in at this time. The event is sponsored by the Bureau County Health Department, Wyanet Police Department, and the village of Wyanet.

With vehicles on the board’s mind, Trustee John Swarczewski brought to the board a bid for a new dump truck. The board decided to continue to research its options and to look for a truck that is in the board’s price range. The village’s current dump truck is in need of many repairs.

Swarczewski also presented the board with information regarding service on backup generators. The board hired Elmore Electric to service the generators two times a year for $937 a year.

In other business, Trustee Joe Law, chairperson of the Cemetery and Park Committee, told the board work has begun on the new concession stand at the baseball field.

Law also said the Wyanet Historical Society is sponsoring a cemetery walk, today, Thursday. The event runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Forest Hill Cemetery.

Fall cemetery clean up is nearing. All items, including shepherd hooks, must be removed from the grave sites no later than Nov. 3. Anything left after that date will be removed by village workers beginning Nov. 4.

Also, the board:

• Set trick or treat hours for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31.

• Heard the townwide cleanup began on Tuesday. Mayor Bruce Hand reported everything is going smoothly and thanked the city of Princeton for its help.

• Heard Trustee Marilyn Johnson report many water meters around the village are being repaired and updated.

• Learned the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency completed an inspection of the water/sewer plant last month. Several recommendations were made by the EPA.

The next regular meeting of the Wyanet Village Board is at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Village Hall.

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