Catlin board approves budget

CATLIN — Village board members have approved a $630,700 budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year that includes about $40,000 in deficit spending.

Mayor James Robinson said the village will have to perform some preventive maintenance and repainting of the central water tower. The repainting is expected to cost about $65,000 and was last done about 10 years ago.

The 2012-13 budget called for the village to generate about $546,000 in revenue and to spend about $580,000.

In other business this week, Robinson read a letter he had sent to the Catlin Fire Protection District, saying that hydrants would no longer be flushed unless it was done under the supervision of a village employee.

Last week, while volunteer fire department members were flushing the hydrants, a major break occurred in a water main — "Big enough to put your shoe into," according to Robinson — resulting in the temporary loss of water to some residents, a village-wide boil order for a full day, and long hours that village workers spent repairing the break.

Complicating the repair: Employees were not able to shut off water to the broken area, and the repairs had to be done while the water main was "live."

Also, the board voted to have Good Energy of Peoria act as a consultant for the inclusion of village residents in a municipal energy aggregation.

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