WYANET — Five goals are on Wyanet Village President Bruce Hand’s list for the village as the new year unfolds.
In an interview after Tuesday night’s village board meeting, Hand said he hopes that the village receives a grant for which it recently applied. The grant would make it possible for the village to accomplish the first goal on the list, which is to reline the remaining sewer pipes with fiberglass.
Hand explained that the current sewer pipes are more than 80 years old. Relining them will give them 60 to 80 more years of life.
The second goal is to finish the shed to store salt. The concrete floor needs to be poured. Hand explained that they now are able to house the salt on their own property instead of sharing with the township.
“It’s just more convenient to have it here, plus we now have a backhoe to load the salt with, which has made this possible,” Hand said.
The third goal is to remove the house that used to be home to the police department. The house sits north of the village hall.
Hand said that the village needed 10 feet of the land that the house sits on for the water tower, but the homeowner wouldn’t sell just the land. It was cheaper to purchase the house and the land instead of moving the water tower.
Last year the board decided to move the police station out of the house because of deteriorating conditions. The Wyanet Fire Department is currently using the house for training purposes, and when they are finished, the house will be removed. Hand hopes to use the space in the future for a new village building.
The fourth goal is replace several more fire hydrants. Six have been replaced to date. A few years ago, a company that the village contracted advised the board that 11 of the hydrants were leaking, so the board has replaced two to three a year.
The fifth goal is to replace the seat on the board that was left empty with the unexpected passing of trustee Marilyn Johnson. Hand said he has talked to a few residents, and whomever is appointed will serve a 15-month term.
“We are in no rush to make an appointment,” Hand said. “Marilyn will be very hard to replace, and to be honest, it’s still too painful for the board.”
Hand said that at this time, there are no major equipment needs, and he was proud to say that all equipment purchased in the past couple of years was done so without loans needed.