NEPONSET — The Neponset Village Board met on Oct. 18 and conducted the following business:
• Approved the September meeting minutes and treasurer’s report and October expenditures.
• Approved the transfer of $3,000 from the sinking fund CD to sewer fund.
Public works: Gene Costin reported work is being done on the plow truck. The quick connects were rusted together. These quick connects are so the spreader box can be removed. It’s going to cost $120 for parts. The board approved the expense. Also, rock and sand will be ordered in the near future.
Police emergency plan: Mandy Mueller reported she and Sid Dev’s wife, Amy, are now on the speeding committee. Committee members are Mueller, Dev, Dave McIntyre and Matt Kaiser.
Finance, insurance, license and fees: Ken Snyder presented a donation from Doug Miles to help clean up downtown. Also, he reported that Trent Johnson painted the east welcome sign. The board approved payment of $40 to Johnson for materials to do the other sign.
Community events and building permits: Barb Safiran reported the need for volunteers for the Halloween party. Also, there were no building permits this month.
Water and sewer: Sid Dev reported the hydrants were flushed. Two hydrants need to be replaced, and one needs to be repaired. Dev is giving a note to the fire department so they do not operate them.
• Work on the community restroom is on hold until possibly November.
Community building roof: The board talked about getting an estimate from Carlson and Clapper, and they plan to send an estimate. They think the leak is just rain blowing in through the vent.
Bureau County Food Pantry in Sheffield: Tom Weeks has been volunteering for many years. He is retiring and thinks someone from the board should represent Neponset at the food pantry. This person would help put food away, package food up, and deliver to Neponset.
Water sewer ordinance: Once this ordinance is approved, a savings account will be created to set aside the meter money, which is $2 each billing cycle. Also, the village is charging a $10 maintenance fee on water each billing cycle and a $5 maintenance fee on sewer each billing cycle. There is no change on the gallons used.
The board learned the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has started restructuring the village’s loans. The board incorporated these increases to help get the loans paid off. The board approved the water sewer ordinance. A letter will be mailed to residents so they know about the changes before the next bill goes out.