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Wyanet talks water problems

WYANET — New water meters are going to be purchased for the residents of Wyanet.

After a lengthy discussion at Tuesday’s meeting, the Wyanet Village Board approved the purchase of 100 water meters at a cost of $24,918 to begin the project. Water meters which are not working will be replaced first, then an additional 350 meter heads will be purchased to complete the project. The new radio system will allow village workers to read meters as they are driving down the village streets.

Trustee Marilyn Johnson, chairperson of the Water, Sanitation and Sewer Committee, reported to the board that approximately 47 percent of the village water is unaccounted for and is costing the village thousands of dollars each month. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 15 percent is acceptable water loss, Johnson said.

Village engineer Jack Kusek suggested hiring a company to use sound detecting to see where the village is losing the water. Kusek also recommended updating utility maps to make locating shut-offs easier, especially in emergency situations.

In other business, the board heard progress is continuing to be made at the park and baseball fields.

Trustee Joe Law reported work has begun on the new concession stand and bathrooms at the baseball field. The board approved replacing the roof on the food stand pavilion at the park with a green, steel roof, at a cost of $12,250. Power vents will also be installed for an additional charge.

The board also heard plans are underway for the Wyanet Summer Festival. The board approved closing Main Street/Route 6 and 34 for the festival parade and also approved the liquor license request for the Community Club Beer Garden. The Community Club has also requested the fence around the tennis courts be fixed before the festival.

In other news:

•  Ben Wilson of North Central Illinois Council of Governments was there for the hearing prior to the regular meeting to close the CDAP grant.

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

• Residents are reminded there is no parking around the baseball field. Parking is available in the newly constructed parking lot. Signs have been posted.

• Allison Hand was hired as curator for the Henry Thomas Museum.

• Z-Tour was granted permission to use the park shelter on July 19.

• Ordinances concerning the removal of neglected weeds, grass, trees and bushes, as well as the removal of garbage and debris, were tabled until next month. Also tabled was the ordinance dealing with the abatement of inoperable motor vehicles and/ or abandoned vehicles.

• The board agreed to provide residents with another general clean-up, junk day in October.

The next regular meeting of the Wyanet Village Board will be at 7 p.m. June 10 in the village hall.

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