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New pavement causes some unforeseen problems in Wyanet

Board discusses changes with garbage pick up, approves resignation of Lynette Thompson

WYANET — Street work, including the paving of Walnut Street, has been completed in Wyanet.

During Tuesday’s village board meeting, architect Jack Kusek presented the board with the final bill for all street work in the amount of $83,363 to be paid for by motor fuel tax money.

Village president Bruce Hand told the board that he has received numerous complaints about children riding their skateboards on Walnut Street’s new asphalt by the park.

Hand said, “I never expected to have to write an ordinance about children playing in the street but it looks like that is what we will have to do.”

Another problem is that traffic is speeding down the street on the new, smooth surface.

The board discussed looking at the streets to see if any changes can be made to slow the traffic down. Suggestions included adding more stop signs or reducing speeds on side roads. The ideas will be discussed with police chief Todd Marquez.

New garbage truck and cans on the way

The village has ordered the new garbage truck and continued to discuss regulations in regards to garbage pickup. Trustee Joe Law discussed a list of questions he has received from residents.

Each resident will be given a 95-gallon can which can hold at least six kitchen-sized bags. If a resident moves out of the village and does not leave the can, the can will be paid for out of their water deposit. If a resident wants a second can one can be obtained for a $50 deposit and additional cost per month. All residents must use the cans that are provided by the village.

There will no longer be a general pick up where residents can put out a large amount of garbage including large items. The trustees explained that the large garbage cans should take care of the need, plus residents are going to be allowed two large items every other month at no additional cost. Garbage stickers will no longer be needed, but if a resident has a lot of extra garbage they would need to get a second garbage can.

The village of Wyanet was approached by another village to see if Wyanet would be interested in being paid to pick up their garbage one day a week. The idea was discussed but tabled until further information can be obtained in regards to insurance such as workman’s comp and liability.

Lynette Thompson resigns from board

Trustee Lynette Thompson resigned from the village board.

Thompson said, “It breaks my heart because I like being here. I care about it here and I want to see some of the projects through but we are moving to LaSalle.”

In other news:

• Superintendent of streets Brandon Teske thanked Princeton for their help with the general cleanup.

• Cemetery cleanup will take place on Nov. 2. All items need to be removed by sunset on Nov. 1.

• Trick-or-treat hours have been set for Oct. 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

• Bids for the 2013 squad car have been tabled for 30 days.

• Several bicycles have been found at the park. Contact village hall to claim.

• There are four trustee seats up for re-election, plus the village president, in the April consolidated election.

The next Wyanet Village Board meeting will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. in the village hall.

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