Village of Oblong
March 3, 2021
5 pm

Draft Minutes

The Village of Oblong Board of Trustees met in regular session on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021, in the Activity Center Room of the Municipal Building.

Members Present: Mayor Teresa Fielder, Clerk Ladora Boyd, Trustee Angie Fear, Trustee Jay Haines, Trustee Dave Hasty, Trustee Bill Burke (at 5:09 pm), Trustee Keith Waldrop, Trustee Jeron Harris and Treasurer Jan Miller.

Others Present: Public Works Superintendent Gary Lanter, Police Chief Chad Pusey, Clint DeLong, and Angela Downing (Daily News).

The meeting was called to order at 5 pm by Mayor Fielder with everyone standing for the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Regular Board Meeting Minutes of January 6th, 2021, were approved with a motion by Angie and a second by Jay. Five (5) ayes, motion carried.

There were no additions or deletions to the agenda this month.

There was one Delinquent Water Bill customer at the meeting this month. Clint DeLong came to the Board Meeting to ask if he could make $100 payments every other week until he gets his past water bill paid off. This amount includes a leak. The Board granted his request.

Motion by Dave, with a second by Keith, to adopt the Covid-19 Policy for Employees. Five (5) ayes, motion carried.

Mayor’s Comments:
Teresa stated that she had talked with Benji Kirk. He stated that his business, Hometown Wireless LLC, was registered and he has the confirmation. He also mentioned that he hopes to have construction started by the end of March. He has already received some calls from individuals who are interested in sign up for his services.
Teresa mentioned that the Village had received an e-mail concerning the Rebuild Illinois Fund. She stated that maybe this funding could help with the cost of South Range Street Project, which will be done after the Sewer Dredging Project is completed. Committee will look into the use of the Rebuild Illinois Fund requirements.
Teresa stated that the Ad-Hoc Committee will start having meetings again with the first one possibly being the end of March.
Teresa mentioned that she has not heard anything about the Revolving Loan for the Sewer Dredging Project since last month’s meeting.

Reports of Committees:
Police: Jay stated that the department has 5 radios that they no longer use. He stated that the Crawford County Sheriff Department will buy them for $100 apiece. Chad stated that the Board had a copy of the Monthly Report for last month and that the numbers were up again.
Building & Park: Keith mentioned that the Municipal Building is back open to the public. Keith stated that Gary had sent out spec on the garage for pricing of material to Menards and Niehaus. Gary received estimates back from Menards ($23,000) and Niehaus (a little over $19.000) for just the building kit. The concrete bid was a little over $4,000. The Committee is wanting to do the garage project in phases with the Village buying the building materials kit. Phase I would be the concrete work; Phase 2 the building, Phase 3 the electric for the building and then the Public Works employees would do the finishing work on the inside of the building. Keith stated that the equipment for the disc/frisbee golf course has been ordered. Gary mentioned that it would probably by middle of or the end of March before the poles can be set for the disc/frisbee baskets.
Sidewalks & Lights: Bill stated that he had nothing to report this month. Gary mentioned that the guys had fixed/repaired some more of the Pathway lights around the Lake.
Street & Alley: Angie stated that she had nothing to report this month.
Water & Sewer: Dave stated that the Committee had a short meeting at 4:45 pm today. Gary had received a letter from Hardinville Water Company stating that there will be an increase in the water rates. The Committee is recommending that the Village absorb this increase and not pass it on to the Village’s water customers. If there are anymore increases the Committee will need to consider a possible increase to the water rates.
Finance: Jeron stated that Jan had sent him a proposed Credit Card Policy. Motion by Jeron with a second by Bill, to adopt the Credit Card Policy as written. Roll call vote as follows: Angie – aye, Jay – aye, Dave – aye, Bill – aye, Keith – aye, Jeron – aye, motion carried.
Development: Bill stated that he had heard from Mr. Colmark wanting to know if the Village has decided on whether to extend the Park Meadow Subdivision TIF District or not. The Board is not interested in extending the Park Meadow Subdivision TIF District. Bill asked for the date that the Park Meadow Subdivision TIF District expires to e-mailed to him.

Motion by Jay, with a second by Angie, to pay the bills that were on the warranty list and any utility bills, bills that will incur a late charge or reimbursements to employees. All ayes, motion carried.

There were no other items of business this month.

Motion by Jeron, with a second by Angie, to adjourn the meeting at 5:32 pm. All ayes, motion carried.

Respectfully submitted

Ladora Boyd