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Tiskilwa names Citizen of Year

Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 3:35 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, July 11, 2014 8:48 a.m. CST

TISKILWA — The Tiskilwa Village Board voted 3-1 to name Dave Forristall as Citizen of the Year at its meeting Tuesday night.

Forristall has donated labor to a sidewalk replacement project spearheaded by the Tiskilwa Community Association, on the north side of the 200 block of West Main Street.

Trustees Eric Paull, Gene Gustafson and Dave Wright voted for Forristall. Trustee Steve McKinney voted against Gustafson’s motion. He suggested Tracy Hannon or Nancy Johnston, who serve on the Tiskilwa Library Board be named, co-citizens of the year for their efforts in getting a new library constructed in town.

Other board members felt that the entire Tiskilwa Library Board should be so honored instead of just two members.

In other business, trustees voted to give Mayor Randy Philhower the authority to award the lowest bid for placing 13-14 wheelchair access ramps on Main, Brewster and Washington streets before the board’s next meeting in August in order to get the work done this year.

A bid has been received from Mark Jones for a price per ramp while other board members felt that Forristall needed to have the chance to submit a bid.Philhower said he has talked several times with Forristall, who indicated he hasn’t had time to do the paperwork on the project.

Trustees approved the rezoning of a duplex located at 135 and 145 S. Sycamore St. to attached single-family residences, the Tiskilwa Zoning Board approved the zoning change.

Trees on the east end of Brewster Street on the creek bank and Arch Street will be removed for $980 and Art Nelson has replaced a roof on the well house. Philhower was also given the authority to issue a liquor license to Craig Ziegler to sell beer and wine before the board’s next meeting if he gets the paperwork finished. Ziegler has purchased the old Casey’s store in town and wants to open it again.

Philhower will see if Ameren will pay for a village employee’s wages on July 4 when a sewer line was damaged during some digging on Adams Street.

Philhower said the village will hear this fall whether two bridges in town on Jefferson and Arch streets will be placed on the Illinois Department of Transportation’s bridge replacement five-year program. Philhower said he has talked with Congressman Adam Kinzinger’s office (R-16th District) and state Sen. Darin LaHood (R-37th District) about this issue.

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