Buckley to form its own ESDA

BUCKLEY — The village board voted unanimously Monday night to have Village Attorney Jerry Niemann draw up a contract between the village and the Buckley Fire Protection District to form a local emergency services and disaster agency.

Trustee Ron Lenington, who also is a Buckley firefighter and local emergency medical technician, had brought it to the board’s attention last month that he had to cancel the old ESDA frequency because Buckley does not have an ESDA.

The fire department has taken care of ESDA duties in the absence of a formal one in the past.

The fire department agreed to form a contract with the village on a yearly basis. In return for the service, the fire department asked the village to waive the village’s yearly hydrant fee of around $300. The board agreed.

In other business Monday:

— Lenington asked the board for its opinion on the old drugstore building. The building is collapsing and is a danger to the public, but the owner of the building, Clarence Arrasmith, has failed to follow through with agreements with the village to get it torn down. Lenington said he feels that maybe the village and the fire department could team up to pay to demolish the structure. Lenington said he is waiting on a couple of cost estimates. The board agreed to wait and see what the cost would be before proceeding with discussions with the fire department. Board President Jim Hull said that something has to be done with the building. The village has a water main that runs through the basement of the building, so owning that part would give them access to that main if something should happen.

— Village Maintenance worker Wayne Link was not present at the meeting but reported to Trustee Keith Hartke that Foth Infrastructure & Environment LLC, Champaign, had not yet contacted him concerning chipping and sealing work on the village’s streets. Link had agreed to contact Foth after last month’s meeting to get started early on the street work.

— The board met in executive session to discuss questions about bills presented to the board for payment from the maintenance department.

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