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Tiskilwa approves wheelchair access ramps

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 2:55 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 2:58 p.m. CST

TISKILWA — The Tiskilwa Village Board voted Tuesday night to award the bid for placing 13-14 wheelchair access ramps on Main, Brewster and Washington streets to M.C. Jones Concrete of Tiskilwa for $650 per ramp.

Board members had approved in June spending up to $5,000 for this project estimated to cost around $13,000.

A resident has collected about $8,200 in monetary pledges for this project.

Village engineer Jack Kusek told trustees he has inspected three of the four dams located around Tiskilwa and will get to the last one next week.

He said some minor maintenance such as removal of fallen trees and mowing needs to be done on the dams he has inspected.

He said a written report will be compiled and presented to the board next month.

Kusek also said bridges carrying Jefferson and Arch streets over Rocky Run need work done on them and will work to get these bridges placed on the list to receive federal funds for repair.

He also said there are a lot of bridges in Bureau County that will be on this list, and the county engineer makes the decision on which bridges should be repaired, if and when federal funding becomes available. The breakdown on costs for the repair of bridges is federal government (80 percent), county government (10 percent) and local government (10 percent).

Mayor Randy Philhower told trustees the bill for the village’s portion of the sidewalk replacement project on Main Street is about $4,300.

Philhower also thanked all the volunteers for Pow Wow Days, which he described as pretty successful.

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