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VG city council sets trick-or-treat hours for 5-7 p.m.

The Villa Grove city council met on September 27, 2021, for their monthly committee of the whole meeting, with all council members, minus Pangburn and Johnson in attendance. Also present were Mayor Eversole Gunter, administrator Athey, Clerk Osborn, Police chief Rea and Public works director Lake.

After reciting the pledge of allegiance, mayor Eversole Gunter called for public comments, and finding none moved to the city administrator’s report. 

Administrator Athey noted that she was completing documentation for the annual audit for follow up. She then noted that she would be meeting with Fehr-Graham regarding the Main street “Streetscape” project. She also stated that IDOT reimbursement, reimbursement from the PTI and the EPA had either been received or were pending. 

Chief Rea had no report.

Public works director Lake then noted that the city’s F450 was scheduled for refurbishment and that it could be sidelined for some time. He also noted that at present, the F450 was the only vehicle in the city fleet that was fitted for salt spreading. He finished by stating that parts had to be replaced on both the water plant scales and the salt brine tank at the water plant after it was damaged from a lightning strike. 

Mayor Eversole Gunter, having no report to make, then moved on to new business before the counsel, calling on Sky Sanborn the COO of Broeren Russo, along with Broeren Russo Project Manager Michael Hernandez to dialog with city council about the community building project. Sanborn stated that the company was looking for ways to partner with the city to meet the budget of the project. Mayor Eversole Gunter then queried the reps about whether the two-year extension that the state had recently granted the city of Villa Grove would have any bearing on the bid. Sanborn stated that it would have a nominal impact, if any, based on the price of raw materials. He then pointed out that as long as the company was convinced that the city was acting in good faith, their company could begin to look into ways of ‘value engineering’ the project. 

Alderman Garrett then asked if there was a possibility of having the project rebid at current material pricing, but Sanborn assured the council that the main material component of the project, steel, was still seeing escalating prices. He also stated that once he had a firm price and a solid commitment from the city, he would approach his subcontractors about their ability to help the city reach their price for the project. 

Next, the city moved to set the time for trick or treating from 5 to 7 on Sunday, October 31. It was decided that 5 to 7 p.m. would be the city trick or treat hours every year, moving forward. Mike Leon, representing the VFW, was on hand to note that the costume contest would begin soon after Halloween hours ended.

The council then reached a consensus to purchase new pagers for the fire department as part of their annual cycling of replacement, in addition to the purchase of a new laptop for the public works director, an item which would be voted on at the next regular voting meeting of the council. 

The council moved to go into closed session at 7:12, emerging at 8:03. Finding no other business, the council then moved to adjourn.

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