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Villa Grove city council holds monthly regular session

The Villa Grove City Council met in regular session on October 13, 2020, with all aldermen, plus mayor Eversole Gunter and City Clerk Michelle Osborne present.

After the recital of the pledge, the council moved to approve the consent agenda which included:

* Minutes of the September 14 regular session

* Minutes of the September 20 COTW meeting

* Closed minutes of the Sept 28 COTW meeting

* Authorization for the payment of bills in the amount of $374,748.46

* Approval of August 31, 2020 financial statements

* Approval of September 30, 2020 Cash balance report

* Hiring of Police officers Patrick Webb and Derek Rasmussen

Next, Mayor Eversole Gunter opened the floor for public comments and two VGHS students, Luke Zimmerman and  Kenzie Cardiff, spoke on behalf of the FFA.   Their plan was to perform public service for the community by designing and building a flower box to be placed along the fence at the Downtown Plaza.  FFA sponsor Callie Parr was on hand to augment the students’ answers as needed.

Public works director Scott Arbuckle then shared the Engineering report, stating that the Old water plant demo, the McCoy waterline project and the treatment odor mitigation projects were still ongoing.  Arbuckle also reported that Public works would begin curbside leaf vacuuming soon, hopefully on Tuesday, October 20.  Again, the plan is to vacuum on the east side of Route 130 on Tuesdays and West of Route 130 on Wednesdays.  

Chief Rea then reported that he was reviewing city ordinances concerning junk cars on property, and that he would soon begin a review of existing ordinances concerning derelict and abandoned properties. 

Mayor Eversole Gunter then reported that the annual outdoor movie “Trolls World Tour” will be shown at dusk on October 17.  The Chamber of Commerce will be providing hot dogs and popcorn, the Camargo Township Library will provide hot chocolate, the Villa Grove State Bank will be providing juice boxes and JR’s will be handing out glow sticks for the kids.   Eversole Gunter also noted that Villa Grove High School has recommended two students to assume positions as jr. Aldermen, and that further info would be forthcoming.

Next, Eversole Gunter moved on to new business including:

* Recognition of retiring police officer Michael Bradley for his service to the city.  Unfortunately, Officer Bradley was unable to attend, so the motion was tabled.

* Approved a contract with Orkin for pest control services at the Public Safety building

* Tabled a motion to purchase a hydraulic hose manufacturing machine

The council then moved to executive session at approximately 6:45, emerging at approximately 7:30 p.m. and finding no further actions required, adjourned at that time.

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