Loda parade is Friday

Loda parade is Friday

LODA — Santa will arrive in town riding a manure spreader.

Trustee John Zalaker told the village board this week that the first village's lighted Christmas parade will line up on the east side of the park around 7 p.m. Friday, regardless of the snow and cold. The spreader is the same vehicle used in the Loda Good Ole Days parade each summer and organizers of that fest are repurposing the ride.

Prospective participants can join the parade at the last minute and viewers can watch the parade from the comfort of their cars as the parade follows a route that includes U.S. 45. Children will be able to visit with Santa after the parade.

In other business, the board agreed to spend the $1,500 it authorized for sidewalk repair as well as another $800 from a donation to pay for concrete used to build a sidewalk in the 200 block of East Washington Street. But the board tabled action to pay the contractor until they can meet with him next month.

Zalaker said the sidewalk does not meet village specifications because the concrete is not deep enough where it crosses driveways and expansion joints weren't included.

An anonymous donor gave the village $2,200 for the project so the entire length of the north side of the block could be done.

It is the village's policy to pay for concrete and rebar when a property owner requests a sidewalk. The owner must take care of labor costs. Residents may request a sidewalk, but there is a waiting list.

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