Buckley to seek bids for street work

BUCKLEY — The village board voted Monday night to allow the village’s maintenance supervisor, Wayne Link, to contact an engineering firm to arrange for seeking bids for the chipping and sealing of some streets.

Link said now is the time to start the process. The board voted unanimously with five members present and Trustee Keith Hartke acting as board president in the absence of Jim Hull.

Link will be contacting Foth Infrastructure & Environment LLC, Champaign, the village’s engineering firm, to get the bidding process started.

The board also agreed that it would be a good idea to ask Foth engineer Greg Cook to come to the next meeting to speak to the board about what needs to be bid out and what does not, as well as other issues.

Other business
In other business:

— Village Treasurer Linda Marquis said she had talked with Stan Feller concerning the purchase of a computer-based billing system. He will look into what system would be the best for the village’s water billing and what type of computer she would need. The board voted at the December meeting to purchase the computer billing system and a new computer for Marquis to do the billing and other village work. Marquis hopes to do training in February and March and begin using the new system in the new fiscal year, which begins in April.

— The board made no decision concerning the burning of leaves after a resident complained of the smell and problems it causes her and others with breathing problems. Several options were suggested, such as bagging and putting leaves by the street for village workers to pick them up and take them to the town’s burn site. Trustee Jim Longest voiced his concern on burning leaves on the curbs, as this can cause damage to the curbs. The village is asking residents to not do this. Trustee Keith Hartke also voiced his concern about the debris from the burnt leaves going into the village’s storm drains.

— Jim Biggs, village clerk, gave an update on candidates for the election in April. Running for board president are Jim Hull and Evan Scott Shockley; running for a pair of two-year unexpired trustee terms are Ron Lenington, Terry Whitebird and Adam Tofari; and running for three four-year trustee terms are Betty Hull, Becky Weisenbarn, Jim Longest and Ardell Goetting.

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