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Atwood Village Board Discusses Plans for New Municipal Building

By Doris Elmore
Staff Writer

Atwood Village President Bill Fleming and trustees toured the old Kirby Building on Main Street on Monday night, November 14, at 5:15 p.m. to discuss plans for transforming the building into the new Atwood Municipal Building. Various ideas were discussed on how to make the building more functional for the village clerk and treasurer. Work will begin on the transformation after the beginning of the new year.

The group returned to the current municipal building for the regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. The board approved expenditures totaling $15,174.28. This includes $5,000, one-half of payment on the loan for the water tower.

During President Fleming’s report, he thanked the Atwood Chamber of Commerce for a great Halloween parade and the United Church of Atwood for allowing the parade and Trunk or Treat to be brought inside the church. There was a great crowd and everyone had a great time. President Fleming was thanked for being the MC.

Trustee Allen Kilber said the village employees are working on the Christmas lights so they can be hung. He said they are also moving pumps from the sewer plant.

Trustee Ron Wallace said the park has been winterized.

In other matters before the board:

1. Motion approved to change employee insurance coverage from Blue Cross Blue Shield to IHP.

2. Board meeting dates for 2023 were approved.

3. Motion passed to approve a press release to explain the Electric Aggregation Program.

4. Approved Ordinance 2022-O-13, an ordinance to re-zone 62 E. Highway 36 to R1. No duplex housing will be allowed.

5. Approved Resolution 2022-R-6, a resolution allowing service credit for employees with military service.

6. The board approved Ordinance 2022-O-14, an ordinance to adopt the new Ordinance Book.

7. Approval was given for the extension of the special use permit for the Bethel Tabernacle Apostolic Church on Main Street in Atwood.

8. The board approved a motion to accept the bid for the purchase and planting of new trees in the business district along Main Street. President Fleming stated he visited the median at the Tuscola Outlet Mall and the boulevards of the Charleston Square around the courthouse. After reviewing the two locations, Fleming recommended the village purchase 5 Armstrong Maple trees at a cost of $250 each for a total of $1250; and 4 Ivory Silk Lilac trees at a cost of $230 each for a total of $920.

The total of all nine trees will be $2,170, plus the planting is 60% of the total of the trees. Total cost will be $3,472.

9. The Ivory Silk Lilac are the trees already planted north of the Atwood bank. The board agreed with the choice of these two trees. They will be purchased from Gingerich Tree Farm.

10. Action was taken to approve the TIF application from the Village of Atwood for the purchase and planting of new trees along Main Street.

11. The board approved the bid from T & D Repair & Service for two signs and wrapping five overhead doors and one walk-in door at the water & sewer plant at a cost of $2,405.82.

12. The board discussed the remodeling of the new Municipal Building. A bid was received from Davis Construction for $63,661, which includes the cost of labor and material. It does not include reworking the duct work. The board approved this bid with the possibility of the village doing part of the work, reducing the cost.

13. A motion was approved to purchase 10 grates from Granger for $6,440. The grates will be placed around the downtown trees. The board then approved the TIF Application from the Village of Atwood for the purchase of the 10 grates.

14. The board approved a motion to approve the bid from Kingdom Concrete of Hammond for 10 concrete borders for $8,000. The board then approved the TIF Application from the Village of Atwood for this purchase.

15. The board approved Christmas bonuses for part-time and full-time employees.

16. A discussion was held on the possibility of closing the village office on election day. The board decided to table this decision until a later date.

The next meeting of the board will be on Monday, December 12, at 6 p.m.

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