Raymond Village Cleans Up Streets, Ditches

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One street project is down and another is ready to begin this week according to a report from Raymond Street Superintendent Mike Masten at the Raymond Village Board meeting on Monday, Aug. 5.

Masten said that the road oiling for the village went well and was completed in one day. Next on the agenda is cleaning of ditches in the Raymond limits, with the areas on Henry Street between O'Bannon and Prairie, McElroy between Broad and Shirley, East Shirley between McElroy and Elm, a two block stretch of North North Street and South Lewis Street between Jaeger and McElroy the first to be worked on.

In addition to those two projects, the board also discussed maintenance of the trees in the alleys during street business.

In water and sewer business, Water Superintendent Rick Broaddus will be attending the annual conference in Springfield  on Sept. 9 through Sept. 11. Broaddus also told the board that the IEPA is implementing new CLE requirements for water and sewer operators.

In finance business, the annual financial report was received from Patton and Company. The board reviewed the report and noted there were no issues.

In golf course business, Trustee Bill Krager updated the board on the progress of the zoysia grass implementation program, as well as the repairs to the sprinkler system and the sales of sponsorships for the tee signs at Shoal Creek Golf Course.

Trustee Danny Hough asked about the length of the grass near Route 127 and the course sign. After some discussion, the board agreed to keep the grass mowed down to a manageable level.

Hough also mentioned seeing signage for specials on other courses and asked if that was something Shoal Creek does as well. 

The board agreed that was something that could be addressed.

Before closing out golf course business, Krager brought up the possibility of opening the course on winter days, when the temperatures are above 45 degrees. That will also be revisited at a later date.

In other buisness, Hough mentioned that the Facebook post regarding Raymond's 150th anniversary has generated some response, albeit slow. He stated that Jan Pinkston is still interested in creating something to observe the anniversary, whether it is a small paperback booklet or some other type of media format.

Broaddus stated that the cookbooks went over well the last time and Hough mentioned that the Raymond Independence Committee mentioned the cookbook as a fundraiser for the 4th of July celebration.  

At that time, Trustee Bruce Poggenpohl read a thank you card from the Raymond Independence Committee, thanking the village and its employees for their help and efforts in contributing to a successful celebration this year.

After a closed session to discuss personnel, the board went back into open session and agreed to invite a candidate in for the open police chief's position.

The board would adjourn at 8:20 p.m., with their next meeting set for Monday, Aug. 19.

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