BUDA — A disappointed Buda Village Board received word Monday night that a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (IDCEC) to help fund a new well for the village was not approved this year.
Of the 23 grants approved by the IDCEC this year, only one was for a project north of Springfield. The village needs a new well and associated building. A new well is being planned because one of the village’s three wells has failed due to age and use. There was hope that a grant would reduce stress on the village budget as a result of the costs of construction of a new well.
During Monday’s meeting, Jack Kusek of McClure Engineering Associates presented cookies to the board as a thank-you for the work on the well project so far.
According to the village attorney, the village is required to pass an ordinance to sell the old snowplow. With that requirement in mind, the village passed an ordinance which authorized the sale of personal village property by sealed bid. The personal village property is an old Ford F250 plow truck. Notification of the request for sealed bids will be published from Dec. 12 to Dec. 23 in local media.
Mayor Jeff Bitting thanked volunteers who helped out with the Christmas party hosted at the community hall. An estimated 60 people arrived to meet Santa, enjoy refreshments and play bingo. Larry Roberts and Bitting called out the bingo numbers for the games.
In other meeting news:
• Results of the library surveys have been trickling into the village office. The surveys will be reviewed by the library board in January.
• The village received a certificate of appreciation from the North Central Illinois Council of Governments for the payment of annual dues. The NCICG assists the village in writing requests for grants.
• The board voted to approve seasonal gifts for village employees.
• Julie Strader, rescue unit director, presented bills and memorials for the past month. She will present an itemized invoice for a new glucometer.
• Village Superintendent Duane Roberts said he is happy with the new plow. Village streets were easily cleared for the first measurable snow of the season last weekend. Roberts also said the spreader works well.
• Several ATV drivers were seen in the village during the recent snowfall enjoying the new permission to use village streets to get around.
• The mayor noted that community service hour requests will be denied indefinitely due to liability and supervision manpower concerns.
• A motion to pay current bills was approved. A notable bill was $571 for salt. The village also made a semi-annual payment of $14,731 to pay off the loan for the water/sewer project.
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