NEPONSET — Neponset Village Board met Jan. 17 and conducted the following business:
Approved the December board minutes and treasurer’s report and January expenditures.
Public works: Board member Gene Costin reported snowplow needed repairs and thanked Ken Snyder and Al Kaiser for doing it.
Police emergency plan: Board member Mandy Mueller had information to discuss on the speeding committee.
Community events and building permits: Board member Barb Safiran reported there were no permits. She announced on Feb. 28, the village will have a trivia night to raise money for picnic days. She also discussed solar energy.
Finance, insurance, license and fees: Snyder said the board needed to look into copper wire for the grill.
Water and sewer: Board member Sid Dev said the front valves were rebuilt to get the heads working and to get the flow increased. Tonka needs to come down. The heater in the water house is down. He has called DeSmit’s to get an estimate, and the bid was $1,660. It will be a little more to move the heat to the northeast corner. Motion was approved to accept the bid.
Dev said the village isn’t running as many gallons as it should. Marcus Chapman has gone through the system. There must be a blockage that he can’t see. He suggests Tonka come down to do the repair. Tonka will be coming from Minnesota. Tonka’s quote is $3,160. Motion was approved to accept quote from Tonka.
Generator is also needed. It won’t stay running due to hole in exhaust. Motion was approved to have the generator replaced by Altofer for $2,100. Also, booster pump on the HMO system went out. Motion was approved to get a booster pump for $700.
Ordinances and garbage collection: Board member Matt Kaiser said the tree trimmers are in town. It’s going to cost about $200. Also, a block heater on garbage truck is needed. Kaiser will get a quote.
Community restroom: Progress was made on the second restroom.
Speeding committee: The village would like to get two LED lighted speed limit signs. The signs are $2,900 for two. They come with poles, which are included in the price. They will discuss borrowing the other sign from Mineral. A motion was approved to purchase two LED speed limit sign lights.
Removal of Shirley’s building: Should see some work in the next few weeks.
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG Grant): Motion was approved to allow NCICG to pull out $5,591.25 for the first installment of their administration fee. This money comes out of the grant. The total fee in Interest is 4.5 percent fixed, for five years, 15-year amortization. Loan origination fee is a flat fee of $750. Motion was approved to accept loan terms.
EPA loan restructure ordinances: Approved ordinance needs to be sent to village attorney and published in the paper. The board approved Ordinance No. 732.
Water pollution control loan and public water supply loan: Approved ordinance needs to be sent to the village attorney and published in the paper. The board approved Ordinance No. 733.
Demolition grant: Applied for it last month. The village should hear something by the end of the first quarter.
Community building furnace – Germaine Breitbach has suggested the village look into replacing the community building furnace. Snyder stated he thought the central air unit needed to be replaced. Desmit’s sent a quote for $3,375 for furnace. The village would like him to check the central air and send an updated quote.
Sexual harassment policy: This has been handled. Everyone has signed.
125 Maple St.: The village received notification the property has been sold for delinquent taxes.
Community building rental: The village board is putting together a policy for renting the community building. It will state what someone needs to bring and where the remote is for the television. Karen Tomsic will be taking care of the down payment and the repayment of the deposit. Germain Breitbach will continue to clean. There will be a calendar in the office so the board can keep track of when it’s available.
Noon whistle: The whistle is operating. Some adjustment is needed by the fire department on the timer. They are working on it.