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Wyanet OKs water bill for private residence

WYANET — Nick and Brandie Johnson of 214 S. West St. presented a bill Tuesday night to the Wyanet Village Board. The bill was for work they had completed on their water lines last weekend.

The Johnson family has been out of water since Saturday. Village President Bruce Hand said the village went to the property on Sunday to attempt to find the residents' shut-off, also known as the curb box.

The Johnsons then called Triple Service of Mendota to come to locate the water shut off and unfreeze the pipes. That company was not successful either. The problem has been determined to be in the village's water pipes, not the Johnson property.

The Johnsons were asking the Wyanet Village Board for a portion of the bill to be paid in the amount of $2,230, but several trustees suggested paying the bill in full for a total of $3,670, primarily since the problem is with village property.

The board voted 3 to 1 to reimburse the Johnsons for the total amount of the bill to Triple Service. Board members Joe Law, Jaremie Spears and Jim Etheridge voted yes; Marilyn Johnson voted no. Tom Smith and John Swarczewski were absent from the meeting.

The Wyanet Village Board will continue to work to get the Johnson family's pipes in working order as soon as possible. Trustee Jim Etheridge apologized for the inconvenience the family has experienced.

On Wednesday, Hand said the village is making calls to find a company to "jet the lines," which will hopefully thaw them out. If that doesn't work, Hand said the village will have to dig up both sides of the road, hook onto the pipe and attempt to warm it up. Worst case scenario, the village will have to cut the road — a band the width of a backhoe — and replace the line, Hand said.

In other business, the village accepted  the highest bids on four of their older vehicles which they have recently replaced. The 1993 F250 with a blade was sold for $860; the 1995 dump truck for $2,655; the 2004 Chevy Impala squad car for $1;800; and the 1984 blazer for $705.

Also, Wyanet Village Engineer Jack Kusek set up a meeting up with three water meter distributors to view the possibilities to replace current meters. New regulations will require all meters to be replaced. Trustee Marilyn Johnson will contact three companies to get quotes.

Additionally, Hand presented the revised employee handbook to the board. The board will review the handbook and have the opportunity to adopt it at the March meeting.

The board met in closed session to discuss employee wages. The board voted to provide raises to the employees.

In other business:

• Village Police Chief Todd Marquez provided the board with his department’s monthly activity report.

• Marquez also introduced Heather Bishop who runs a licensed dog shelter in Wyanet.  The board approved a verbal agreement allowing Marquez to use Bishop's shelter for short-term boarding of stray or lost dogs for a minimal fee, while the owners are located.

• There are problems with sewers on Green Castle Drive. A camera will be used to check the lines to determine what the problem is.

• The board approved an ordinance amending cemetery rates. The rates now include a higher price for winter due to increased costs to the village.

• The township is going to help clean up and remove snow from Main Street.

• Trustee Jim Etheridge was appointed to be the Integrys liaison. It will be his responsibility to lock in the rates.

The next regular meeting of the Wyanet Village Board will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 11 in the Village Hall.

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