Raymond Board Talks Shoal Creek Golf Course

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Members of the Raymond Village Board met for their second meeting of the month on Monday evening, July 19, at the village hall.

The meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. and a motion was made by Trustee Kendall Snyder and seconded by Trustee Bill Krager to approve the July 5 meeting minutes.

The board reported that steps have been installed by the Panhandle Food Pantry on Broad Street, and the “missing chunks” by Myers was fixed, along with the entrance to the well house.

As a result of a recent storm, a branch fell onto the brush pile. A homeowner left brush on city property that will need to be cleaned up, and the tree will need to be cut down. Junk week was also discussed and residents seem pleased with the results of the amount of junk that is no longer in town. 

Some oiling work will be performed on Aug. 9. The rust on the sewer plant buildings, as well as repairs, were also discussed. The village will seek an estimate on costs to complete the work. The village also received a bill from Ameren regarding damage in an alley; however, with some phone calls to Ameren, Mayor Denny Held believes it is settled to the village’s satisfaction.

In water and sewer, it was reported that Jeremy Connor of Hurst-Rosche Engineers Inc., Superintendent Rick Broaddus and Mayor Held went out to the well to tie up loose ends. Before the work is completed, the village will need to set up chemicals, obtain an operating permit and get insurance on the building. Scott Hunt of WHKS picked up the discharge monitoring reports (DMRs) and believes the village will be required to line the sewers.

As part of the Shoal Creek Golf Course update, the gazebos at the golf course need reshingled. A donor, Brad Jaeger of Nutrients, has offered to cover the costs. While the tournament is one month away, there are still some issues regarding the golf carts. According to Superintendent Nick Hornbuckle, he has fixed some of the broken golf carts; however, the repairs only last temporarily until the carts are inoperable again.

Members of the board discussed repairs, as well as renting golf carts, but decided it was not profitable. There are currently a few carts getting repaired and the loan on the mower is due. With golf course grounds looking better, it was discussed that great customer service is key in attracting players. In addition, there needs to be an individual in charge of organizing events and making phone calls. It was reported that there is junk at the golf course, and Hornbuckle said he will have the issue taken care of. 

The land that the village hopes to purchase to use as a burn pile was discussed. Mayor Held advised he will reach out to Spears to perform a survey on the land.

In police news, Chief Ken Eller said he would like to purchase a speed control sign and trailer. Last year, a grant was awarded by Norfolk Railroad to the police department that may be used for the purchase. A motion was made by Trustee Dan Hough and seconded by Trustee Matt Workman to approve the purchase, not to exceed $5,400. All present voted in favor. They also discussed purchasing a pick-up truckagain. The trade-in value on the present cop car with equipment staying in also generated some discussion. The board will inquire about pricing and options of a new truck.

Mayor Denny Held advised that the county will receive American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds that will be distributed to local municipalities. The mayor will attend round-table meetings regarding the funds, and hopes to secure some funds for the golf course.

A time capsule is located at the village hall for local residents who wish to include some items to be discovered in the future. The deadline to submit items is October.

Those in attendance were Mayor Held and trustees Hough, Bruce Poggenpohl, Krager, Snyder, Greg Bernhardt and Workman.

A motion was made by Trustee Workman and seconded by Trustee Snyder to adjourn at 8:25 p.m. The next meeting will be held Monday, Aug. 2, beginning at 7 p.m. at the village hall.

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