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Buda still having problems with railroad crossing

BUDA — Comments on work recently performed on Buda’s Main Street railroad crossing were the highlight of the Buda Village Board meeting Monday night.

Buda Village Board members voiced their displeasure that headaches with the Main Street railroad crossing will apparently continue despite work performed by railroad track owner Burlington Northern Santa Fe. While some work was recently performed on one set of the three rail lines that cross Buda’s Main Street, the other two lines are still frustrating to get across.

Mayor Jeff Bitting told the Buda Village Board Monday night he is grateful for the work performed on the sidewalk that crosses the tracks, but he is afraid residents will attempt to use it as a crossing.

In other business:

• Todd Buckman, director of the village emergency rescue unit, presented donations totaling $300. Buckman said he is still working on a secured cabinet for the run sheets. The new defibrillators ordered earlier in the year have been received. Buckman informed the board he wants a second set of backup batteries before putting defibrillators into service. Bitting said he would call the vendor to order additional batteries.

• Duane Roberts, village superintendent, said he received bids from two firms for the removal and shaping of two trees. The board approved the bid from Cut Above for $600. Roberts added the village plans on cleaning out the lift station using a degreasing agent over the summer.

• Village Police Chief Brent DeVenney informed the board he is in the process of contacting the family of a vacant house to get its yard cleaned up. He also added that paperwork has been given to village Treasurer Virginia Bollinger to remedy the situation on the house on A Street. DeVenney noted traffic citations and associated stickers are obsolete and will have to be replaced. 

• Village Engineer Jack Kusek of McClure Engineering said the appropriate paperwork for summer street work has been completed and submitted to IDOT.

• Kusek also reported the High Street Bridge has been inspected. While the bridge appears structurally sound and looks pretty good overall, several areas of concern were found. Trees need to be cleaned out. The sidewalk panels need to be removed and re-poured. Cracks on the bridge need to be spray patched.

• Kusek also informed the board the existing water plant building will be renovated as part of the water treatment project, which is still in the design stage.

• The village’s farm property manager informed the board a vacant house on the village’s farm property has been demolished. The total cost of $20,000 was $6,000 less than the original bid.

• Treasurer Virginia Bollinger and village board members Pete DeFreezer and Brian Kaiser were absent.

The next village board meeting is scheduled for June 23.

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