Board Reviews Bids, Plans Spring Clean-Up

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While members of the Schram City Village Board approved electrical aggregation for the pumping stations during last month’s meeting, their attention shifted to residential aggregation this month as they met for their monthly meeting on Monday evening, March 8, by conference call. Trustee Kevin Tuetken was absent.

The residential contract doesn’t expire until July; however, the board will continue reviewing bids to secure the best rates. In years past, the village has contracted Constellation and Homefield, but according to Village President Albert Oberle, a new company, MC Squared Energy, is making its way into the area, offering the best rates locally.

Board members will continue reviewing aggregation bids and further discuss a residential contract during next month’s meeting.

During the USDA Community Facilities Grant update, the board made a motion to approve a revised grant agreement. According to Oberle, the original bid from the dealership was $65,200. The USDA grant will contribute $25,000, leaving the village responsible for $40,200. Due to pandemic-related challenges, the village received a new bid for the truck in total of $65,517; leaving the village to now pay $40, 517–just $317 more than the board originally anticipated. Following approval, Oberle said they should expect the truck to arrive by the end of the month or beginning of April.

Now that the lift stations are operating at maximum capacity and all issues are repaired, the village will make its final payment to Haier Plumbing at a total of $28,192.98. Trustee Pat Rhoades asked if replacement pumps have been purchased with Oberle reporting that they haven’t purchased any at this time.

The board agreed to a motor fuel tax maintenance funding resolution, which includes MFT funding and general maintenance, at $27,090. Rhoades questioned whether the cost increased from last year with Oberle advising that it is a small increase.

Though the village was not awarded the Rebuild Illinois grant, Oberle said they are still in the running for the DCEO grant they applied for. As part of the IEPA grant, the village was awarded $714,881 in bypass funding with principal forgiveness of $336,875. The village president said they will begin seeking bids for the Phase I water line replacement project, and hopes work will begin late this summer.

Village Clerk Janet Stewart reported on the Montgomery County Bicentennial event, advising that each municipality is responsible for creating their own birthday cake to be displayed over the summer. Residents who have old photos of the village should contact the village hall at 217-532-3449. Photos can be quickly scanned and returned to their rightful owners.

As temperatures begin to rise, weed mowing will commence soon and the village will advertise for summer help as in years past.

Trustee Rhoades requested police reports to be submitted each month, and inquired about the water/sewer late fees. Following suit with the city of Hillsboro, late fees will return in April. In addition, she asked if the village workers were fully compensated–including overtime pay–for their hard work in snow removal last month.

Trustee Sam Whitlow suggested organizing a spring clean-up. The village will host a spring clean-up week, in similar fashion to last year’s event, and will provide a dumpster at the village hall for one week in May. The dates will be determined at next month’s meeting. Trustee Earl Eller proposed giving residents ample time to clean their properties. Water Clerk Marcia Eller will add a note to May water/sewer bills.

The village hall will be open for Election Day on Tuesday, April 6. The board plans to return to in-person meetings beginning Monday, April 12.

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