Schram City Battles Lift Station Mishap

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Members of the Schram City Village Board met for their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 13, with all trustees present, whether at the hall or via Zoom.

Following a motion to approve last month’s minutes, Village President Albert Oberle gave a 2020 Census update, advising that the village is now 71.5 percent complete.

“If you know someone who has not done their census, encourage them to get that completed,” said Oberle.

As a result of fire hydrant testing performed a few weeks ago, the village encountered several water leaks, including the six-inch main line on Rt. 16 that required a repair plan, Oberle said. The village purchased two new hydrants, which are at the plumbers to be installed within the next few weeks, and repair kits to fix two existing hydrants. In total, four of the village’s fire hydrants are currently out of order.

Once hydrant work is completed, village workers will then work on installing the remaining street signs in Schram City, as well as traffic signs.

Members of the board amended the Motor Fuel Tax resolution, which was passed earlier this year in the amount of $10,250. The motion was passed for the resolution to include up to $24,782.50 to assist in funds spent on rocking and oiling this year.

The flag pole was painted last week and bushes were removed beside the pole to allow room for the upcoming veterans memorial. Oberle said he hopes to provide the board with prices and drawings during next month’s meeting.

In grant updates, the village president advised the board that all grants and loans are “on hold” until next year due to COVID-19. As part of the Rebuild Illinois grant, the village currently has $12,873.24 in the separate MFT fund.

A float failure was reported at the Munchler lift station on Monday, Sept. 28. Fortunately, village workers found the issue just in time as sewage was nearing the top. Oberle said the float is under warranty, so the village should expect a replacement part, as well as two spare 30 ft. floats and two spare 50 ft. floats he ordered in the event of an emergency. 

New impellers for the driver’s license station will be installed next week or the following week, then a final inspection will be performed on all stations. Following inspection, the board will hold a public hearing on the DCEO grant and pay contractors for their work. With permission from board members, Oberle will be in contact with Mac’s Fire and Safety, Inc. of Litchfield to discuss installing remote alarms on each lift station. According to the village president, the alarms would cost roughly $700 to $800.

After reviewing two bids provided by Victory Lane of Litchfield and Bob Ridings of Taylorville, the board chose to purchase a new truck from the Litchfield retailer. The village will pay $40,527, while the USDA grant will pay $25,000. Since the truck will be used for repairs, funds will be derived from both the general and water funds. 

In streets and alleys, Oberle reported that Wade Lane was not rocked and oiled because the village plans to repair it. Additionally, Oberle said the alley behind Rt. 66 Truck Repair will also receive attention next year.

In a few final notes, seven permits for golf carts and recreational non-highway vehicles were sold. The board also encouraged the public to participate in the electronic recycling drive on Saturday, Oct. 17, at the former Wright Automotive building; to pay their annual fire department fee of $75; and to exercise their right to vote in the Nov. 3 election. The village hall will be open to residents for voting.

A public hearing will be held Monday, Nov. 9, beginning at 5:45 p.m., followed by the regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m.

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