Village of Oblong

February 22022

Draft Minutes

The Village of Oblong Board of Trustees met in regular session on Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022, in the Farley Room of the Municipal Building.

Members Present: Mayor Teresa Fielder, Clerk Ladora Boyd, Trustee Angie Fear, Trustee Jay Haines, Trustee Dave Hasty, Trustee Carrie Hays, Trustee Keith Waldrop and Treasurer Jan Miller.
Absent: Trustee Jeron Harris.
Others Present: Police Chief Chad Pusey, Public Works Superintendent Gary Lanter, Joe Stephenson (Crawford County Fair Board – Secretary), Rodney Shook (Crawford County Fair Board – Superintendent of Demo Derby) and Bill Burke (Crawford County Fair Board – Vice President).

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

The Regular Board Meeting Minutes of January 5th, 2022, were approved with a motion by Keith and a second by Dave. Five (5) ayes, motion carried.

There were no Additions or Deletions to the agenda.

There were no Delinquent Water Bill customers present.

Bill came before the Board to ask their consideration on the possibility of having the Grand Stand rebuilt and expanding it by 20’ on the east and west ends. There was some discussion on this matter. Bill stated that the work would not be done until after this year’s Fair. He also mentioned that there will be carnival rides this year. The Board decided to let the Mayor and Gary talk with the Village Attorney about a 99-year lease between the Village and the Fair Board.

Motion by Dave, with a second by Jay, to accept the Village’s Investment Policy. Five (5) ayes, motion carried.

Mayor’s Comments:
a. Teresa stated that the February 4th, COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic, sponsored by the Illinois Department of Public Health, has been cancelled.

b. Teresa stated that she had sent an e-mail to the Trustees of the letter she sent to Greater Wabash requesting an update on the funding for the Sewer Dredging Project.

c. Teresa mentioned that there will be a Red Cross Blood Drive on February 8th, from 12:30 to 5:30.

Reports of Committees:

Police: Jay stated that he had nothing to report this month. Chad stated that the Board had a copy of his monthly report for January. He stated that he has some training coming up later on this month.

Building & Park: Keith stated that the concrete has been removed and the ground leveled on the lot south of the mini park. He stated that he had talked with the owner of the building south of the new lot about the possibility of a mural on the northside of the building. Keith also mention that the fence on the southside of the Mini Park will be used to make some picnic tables. Keith stated the Mayor and him will be meeting with mural painter to get some ideas and estimated cost.

Sidewalks & Lights:
Carrie stated that she had nothing to report; but asked Gary if he had anything to bring to the Board. He stated that he had nothing at this time.

Street & Alley: Angie stated that she had nothing to report this month. Gary stated that he wanted to remind the public to try and park their vehicle off the street so that the guys can plow the snow of the streets.

Water & Sewer: Dave stated that he had nothing to report this month. Gary mentioned that he will be attending the IRWA Conference in Effingham on the 14th, 15th and 16th of this month. Travis will be going on the 16th for some testing.

Teresa stated the Jeron is asking the Board to consider the possibility of letting the employees of the Village be allowed to have up to 10 vacation days paid at the end of the year with the stipulation that they will have 5 vacation days rolled over to the next year. This will be voted on at the March Board Meeting. Jan submitted her monthly reports to the Board. Ladora stated that she had nothing to report this month.

Development: Teresa stated that there was nothing to report this month.
Ad-Hoc (Beautification/Ordinance) Committee: Teresa stated that the next meeting for the committee will be February 23rd, at 3:30 pm.

9. Motion by Jay, 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. Five (5) ayes, motion carried.

11. There was one other item of business this month. Gary stated that he will be finishing up the Public Works Employee Handbook and then will give copies to his department. Gary mentioned that Cassie’s probational period will be up on the 7th of March.

12. Motion by Angie, second by Dave, to adjourn the meeting at 5:32 pm. Five (5) ayes, motion carried.

Respectfully submitted


Ladora Boyd, Clerk