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Tiskilwa may pay for sidewalk replacement

Published: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 3:49 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 3:52 p.m. CST

TISKILWA — The Tiskilwa Village Board decided on Tuesday to pay up to $5,000 to replace sidewalk on the north side of the 100 block of West Main Street with the Tiskilwa Community Association providing the labor and the rest of the cost to also put in wheelchair access ramps in this block of downtown Tiskilwa.

Mayor Randy Philhower will find out from the village attorney, John Isaacson, if the village will have to be subject to prevailing wage laws if village funds are used for this concrete costs and not for labor since TCA members will donate their times to replace the sidewalk.

Ron Behrends of the TCA said the group will meet next week to discuss the issue since some members felt the village has paid for 50 percent of sidewalk replacement other times and should do it this time as well.

Philhower said if the village is subject to prevailing wage laws, the village won’t be able to kick in these funds. Behrends asked to be on the village board’s agenda for next month’s meeting to discuss this issue after TCA members meet to find out what they want to do with this project.

Board members voted to increase village employees’ salaries by 1.2 percent. Trustee Eric Paull said a national study of state and local government employees showed that cost-of-living salary increases were 1.2 percent from March 2013 to March 2014.

Trustees also discussed whether to give the village employees merit raises, which some trustees felt they didn’t deserve based on their job performance last year.

“It does appear they do what they want to do when they want to do it,” said Trustee David Wright.

Philhower said the employees haven’t shown him enough the last year to get merit raises. Paull said Philhower is frustrated with village employees in not getting a job assignment done in a reasonable amount of time since he is their immediate boss.

In other business, board members approved issuing a liquor license to the TCA for Pow Wow Days, closing one block of Galena Street and Public Street around West Park and using East and West parks for activities during the August event.

Other action by board members included the approval of a townwide cleanup day for June 20, a mosquite abatement program, keeping Jay Mickow as the village’s auditor and budgeting $7,500 for seal coating village streets since not enough motor fuel tax funds are available to repair streets, estimated to cost around $50,000.

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