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DePue OKs final payment on siren project

DEPUE — The DePue Village Board approved the final payment for the siren project at its meeting on Monday.

The final payment was in the amount of $3,735.60 to Innotech Communications.

The siren project has been paid through a $100,000 grant from a capital funding bill.

DePue’s three new sirens are located in the Oak Brook neighbor, the White City neighborhood and in Fireman’s Park in the downtown portion of the village.

The first test of the new sirens was completed in December. The village performs a siren test at 6 p.m. every Sunday.

The board on Monday also approved a quote from Innotech Communication for a remote control siren base in the amount of $1,954.49. The board has held previous discussions on incorporating a remote control operation to the sirens, so that a DePue village employee or a volunteer firefighter does not have to activate the sirens by driving to the fire station and manually pushing a button. Having the remote control device will allow the sirens to be activated from a home.

The board is also in the process of replacing the inoperable generator at the fire station with the leftover funds from the grant monies.

In other news, the board on Monday addressed a matter concerning a new business — requesting a liquor license — wanting to move into a residential area.

Village attorney Jacob Frost pointed out a village ordinance on local restrictions, which states no license shall be issued for any premises located in residential areas, unless 75 percent of the residents occupying any property in the surrounding distance of 200 feet consented to the operation.

According to the meeting minutes, village President Eric Bryant said he had spoke with the Bureau and Putnam County Health Department on the matter, and the department said not to issue a liquor license without approval from the health department.

The board tabled the request for a liquor license until the proper paperwork from the health department is received and the petition of 75 percent of residents needed to open such a business in a residential area is turned in.

Also, the board:

• Accepted two free bike racks from the Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway.

• Amended the life safety code.

• Approved one-third responsibility for the engineering cost for the permanent dam to be shared by Save the Lake Fund, the village of DePue and DePue Men’s Club.

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