NEPONSET — The Neponset Village Board conducted the following business at its March 19 meeting:
• The treasurer's report was accepted as presented, and payment of bills was approved.
• The board discussed amendments to the mobile home ordinance. The village attorney should have the amended ordinance ready for a vote by the board's April meeting.
• The board discussed the village's stray dog issues. Mandy Mueller, committee chairperson, reported she has gathered information on the cost of building a kennel and also of boarding dogs with existing agencies. Mueller will continue to gather information and report back at the April board meeting.
• Trustee Gene Costin reported the backhoe and truck were both broken down, but the truck is now running. The backhoe will be down a few more days. A new edge on the plow blade is needed. The board agreed to look into what type of edge would be best and discuss it further next month.
Costin asked the board how much sand/salt mix is needed for next winter, since the order is due. The board approved a motion to order 50 tons of mix for the next winter season.
Costin said he is also looking for a better backhoe for the village.
• Trustee Ken Snyder reported the village is looking into starting a farmer's market in town if there is enough interest. The farmer's market would be placed along Route 34. If persons are interested, they should call the village at 309-594-2201.
• Trustee Barb Jannie reported she is working on Neponset Picnic Days with Tracy Dutton. There was a soup supper March 22 as a fundraiser for the Picnic Days. She is also gathering animals for a petting zoo for the event and would like assistance with that gathering from village residents. The village will also do a pancake breakfast for Picnic Days this year, which will include a free breakfast for all the 5K runners.
• Trustee John Pratt distributed the police report for February. He announced the community blood drive will be next week at the community building. He also spoke with the pollice officers and asked them to give only one warning before issuing a citation.
• Trustee Wayne Gerrond reported an issue with installing water meters and where they can be put. The board said the village can only install the meter where the water comes into the house and then the homeowner is responsible.
• Mayor Carl Rohrig reported the Bureau County Planning and Zoning Department is having a public meetings at four different locations, with more information available on the public meetings at the village hall.
Rohrig also said there are people in the village who are putting out more than two cans of garbage every week, and this will have to be addressed if it continues. Spring clean-up will be May 2 and May 3, with everything the same as last year.
• During the open forum portion of the meeting, Markus Chapman said he hired Koener Electric, Inc. to install the new flow meter and chart reader at the village sewer plant, for the amount voted upon at last month's board meeting. Koener Electric will not start the job until the middle of April, due to the temperatures, and will have the job completed by May 1.
• The board went into closed session to discuss personnel.
• Following closed session, the board went back into regular session and approved a motion to increase the wage for two village employees, effective with the current pay period, and to have another employee review in October.