TISKILWA — The Tiskilwa Village Board on Tuesday discussed snow removal and several other items of business during a brief 30-minute meeting.
Mayor Randy Philhower said village employees were trying their best to handle the six inches of snow that fell over the weekend. The plows had to stop short of cars and mailboxes when moving the snow because if they knock the boxes over, the village has to repair or replace them.
Also, it took employees several days to get the snow out of the middle of Main Street where it had been pushed after the first snowfall.
Philhower added that the village has no ordinance on enforcing residents to clear their sidewalks in front of their house. The village does have an ordinance that cars can’t be parked on city streets after a 2-inch snowfall, but Philhower said many residents don’t have any choice because they don’t have off-street parking areas.
In other business, trustee David Wright asked Philhower what kind of backhoe the village needs. Wright, who was instructed to find out information about a backhoe several months ago, estimates the cost could be around $60,000 to $65,00 for a used backhoe.
Philhower said he just wanted to know what kind of backhoes are available on the market and the price tag because the village’s current backhoe, which is at least 20-25 years old, needs to be replaced. He thought the village could purchase a backhoe several years old that is coming on the market from a lease from another governmental body.
Philhower told trustees that pipe braces were installed on the creeks walls at Washington Street, temporary repairs were made to the roof of the village’s building on Main Street and he denied a building permit for an addition to a house on East Main Street due to it being on a nonstandard lot. If the resident decides to appeal Philhower’s decision as zoning commissioner, the Zoning Board of Review will need to hold a public hearing on his decision.
Trustees approved the village’s annual audit and a maintenance contract with Cummings Central Power of Rock Island for the village’s water plant generator.
Philhower thanked village clerk Kathryn Gorman, village treasurer Ginger Murphy and village board members for their time and dedication. He also thanked John Sims for putting up Christmas decorations on Main Street and all the volunteers who have helped the village of Tiskilwa the past year.
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