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Winter plays havoc with Buda's new snowplow

Board discusses new case to house Buda artifacts

BUDA — Topping the news at the Buda Village Board meeting Monday night was the topic of snow removal.

Village Superintendent Duane Roberts informed board members the new snowplow has already needed replacement metal cutters. The cutters are the part of the plow that comes in contact with the street during snow removal. Since the plow has been getting such a workout this winter, the cutters are already worn down. Roberts presented the board with a bill for the new cutters and another set which will be held on standby.

Roberts said due to the seemingly relentless snowfall this winter, the plow odometer has already logged more than 1,000 miles. That number is more than the plow logs in the course of a typical year usage. Since the village has only 36 miles of paved road, the 1,000 miles logged represents an extraordinary amount of snow clean up.

Roberts, who drives the snowplow, added he has had consistent difficulty navigating some of the alleys to clear snow with the plow. He said residents need to keep alleys free of clutter; otherwise they can’t be cleaned.

In follow-up news on a village artifact display case proposed last fall, village resident Larry Roberts informed board members of his interest to provide the labor to build the case. Initial thoughts are to have the display case placed in southwest corner of the foyer between the community room and library. Roberts said he is aware of a Buda resident who is able to help out with payment for materials. Board members hope the display case will become a focal point for a historical preservation effort by Buda residents. Following a suggestion by a board member, Mayor Jeff Bitting said he is open to the idea of having villagers put artifacts on display on a rotational basis. Bitting said he would like to get started on the project.

Treasurer Virginia Bollinger said the North Central Illinois Council of Governments notified her the application deadline for a design grant for the well project has been extended to September from March 31. The extension will give the village and the NCICG more time to complete the grant. In other treasury news, Bollinger said she had no word on a precise date for completion of the village audit for 2013. Bollinger also said the village has started receiving checks from the gaming tax. They should average around $200 a month.

Bitting informed the board of his conversation with Illinois Valley Waste about concerns raised by residents about the timeliness and thoroughness of village trash removal. Bitting said he noticed an improvement in pickup service following his conversation with an IVW representative.

In other village board business:

• Representatives from Bunker Hill Church will be at the next village board meeting to discuss how best to re-purpose one of its buildings for community-wide use.

• Village clean-up day is coming up in April. The village should have a precise date for the clean-up day by the next meeting.

• A new motor for the rescue unit building furnace was recently installed as a stopgap measure before a complete heating system replacement is found. A discussion on how to proceed with possibly acquiring a new furnace will be raised in the spring.

• Recent high winds caused damage to the community hall fascia. The village plans on fixing the fascia as soon as the weather warms up.

The next village board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 10.

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