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PATIENCE Needed in Continued Work on Atwood Downtown Beautification

By DORIS ELMORE
Staff Writer

The Downtown Beautification Project was the main discussion at the special meeting of the Atwood Village Board on Tuesday, July 25. The special meeting was held to approve contracts for the project. Expenditures were approved in the amount of $25,217.33.

The board accepted a quote from 3 Guys concrete to remove and haul away 5 concrete crosswalks and concrete in front of the village hall and police department at a cost of $12,945 and a quote of $7,132.50 to install 9 new concrete handicapped crosswalks and a new 24” carriage walk that runs along the edge of the new concrete curbs from the bank south to Kel’s Place and from the old locker building north to the Village Craftsman. Also, some additional sidewalks from the curbs to the buildings will be installed as well. All of this concrete work will be paid from the TIF fund.

A quote in the amount of $1,893 from J.C. Oye’s to work on the air conditioner at the village hall. The work includes installing dampers in all ceiling registers to allow for air balancing.

A motion was passed to approve the pole use license agreement from Ameren. There is no fee for this.

The board approved the motion to authorize Village President Bill Fleming to seek bids for the outsourcing of payroll. Once he has made contacts, he will report to the board for a decision.

A motion was approved to sign a contract with the Farnsworth Group to provide the following service: Grant administration and management for the Village of Atwood to help complete project goals that will result in a complete lead service line inventory meeting the requirements of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency by no later than April 15, 2024. Grant Administration shall include budget reports to the following dates: September 15, 2023 and December 15, 2023. Grant administration associated with awarding contracts and purchase orders to vendors, contractors and other identities. This will be a lead survey for every water line in town. According to Public Works Superintendent Jeff Mercer, there are a total of 550 water meter connections in the village with 150 left to be determined if the material connected to the meter could contain lead.

Following executive session, Fleming said he had met with Kim Wierman of Illinois Valley Paving and Ryan Staley of Farnsworth regarding the paving. The curbs have to be completed before the paving is done. This will begin the Monday after the Apple Dumpling Festival. The pavers, where the rock is at the present time, will be the last to be completed. This will give a beautiful new look to the downtown area.

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