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Village issues on Sheffield’s table

Board accepts donation from Bill family

SHEFFIELD — News from Monday’s Sheffield Village Board meeting was topped by Mayor Bill Rosenow’s announcement that Donald Bill’s grateful wife offered the village $1,000 as a memorial to her late husband.

The Bills, Sheffield residents, were aided by village workers during last winter’s blizzard. Village workers dug out the Bills’ driveway during the storm, so he could get to the hospital due to a life-threatening medical condition.

In other village board news, the village has received insurance monies to help pay for damage to the village rescue unit building caused by the severe cold during the past winter. Damage to the building covered by the insurance will be repaired in the fall.

Rosenow told the board he had been advised the project to replace Coal Creek Bridge will begin in spring of 2015. The repair will not affect local traffic, but traffic in the vicinity of the bridge will be reduced to one lane at times.

Village Superintendent Leif Porter said the village needs two loads of good black dirt for stump holes. He also said an insurance adjuster was in the village to take pictures of the damage to the old city hall roof caused by a spring storm.

Porter also informed the board the village still has some patching to do on local streets. He added the catch basins have been cleaned. Additionally, all new stop and yield signs have been purchased. Some of the new stop signs have been put up.

Porter said he is still waiting on results of the iron in the water tests in Well 6. Once those results are in, he said another set of tests will be taken to verify the results of the first round of tests.

In other water related matters, Rosenow said he would like to hire outside help to install new water meters. The village’s current maintenance staff would be overwhelmed by the project. The village will try to install five new meters a month. The board agreed to look into the costs of putting additional hires to the task.

Rosenow said the village received two requests from the North Central Illinois Council of Governments. The NCIGC helps the village apply for grants from state and federal agencies. The first request was for payment of annual dues of $269.93. The second was $300 to help pay for the application for grant funding for a Natural Hazardous Waste Mitigation plan. The NHWM plan is designed to help villages overcome challenges to repair and maintain village structures and systems due to natural disasters. The NCIGC will be holding meetings in area communities to update the plan which was first approved in 2008.

The village hopes to minimize the summer’s mosquito infestation by spraying to reduce the number of the pests. The village agreed to have the spraying done with the help of Kewanee or Princeton spray teams.

Board members asked about the police getting together a list of property ordinance violations, but it has not been generated yet, according to Rosenow.

The village board went into closed session for yearly employee reviews. As a result of those discussions, village employees were given raises to commiserate with tenure.

The next board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 4.

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