Ludlow OKs raises, discusses police station break-in
LUDLOW — Village board members this week discussed a break-in at the police department, raises for employees and a new owner for a problem property.
Mayor Pete Walker said someone caused about $2,500 damage when they recently broke in to the police department. He said it was the second time in about eight years it had been broken into.
Two windows and two doors had to be replaced and a wall between offices repaired. A steel door at the water plant was kicked and badly damaged, but no entry was gained. A new door will be purchased.
The board adjourned to executive session, and when it returned agreed to give village employees a 7-1/2-percent raise "across the board," Walker said.
He said it was the first time in "three or four years" they have been given raises.
Receiving pay hikes will be the police chief, a part-time officer, clerk, treasurer and two water department positions.
The board also discussed the former Connie Scotti property, which had been purchased by Jack Young for back taxes.
Walker said Young has mowed the property.
Village Clerk Sandy Langley was instructed to contact the village attorney, Jim Green, to see if the house can be inspected before Young rents it out "because it was in deplorable condition," Walker said.
Nicor installed natural gas to the property last week.
The village won't turn on water to the property until a $500 past due bill is paid.