Area update: Ogden Village Board votes to sell bucket truck
OGDEN — The village board discussed the sale of the village's old bucket truck during its monthly meeting.
"We talked to 12 or 13 people," Mayor Jack Reidner said.
Reidner said two people offered to pay what the village wanted. The board voted to sell the truck to the bidder who first offered $2,000.
Some trustees expressed concern that those bidding didn't understand the condition the truck was in, but Reidner said most of the people who bid had seen the truck.
Trustee Duane Fitch believes bidders understood what was wrong with the truck.
"They are going to make money off of it," he said. "Either they have someone who needs a major part off of it or they have another use for it."
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Grade school receives $50,000 state grant for roof repairs
LUDLOW — Ludlow Grade School has been awarded a $50,000 state grant to help fund roof replacement.
The $50,000 school maintenance project matching grant will go toward the estimated $117,250 cost. It will pay for replacement of the roof above the north classroom section of the building with an energy-efficient roof. Superintendent Dru Lobmaster said the project will include tear-off, new insulation, a new roof membrane and metal trim/gutters.
The board also approved the amended school calendar to reflect "act of God" days for two days missed due to bad weather beyond the five emergency days scheduled in the school calendar.
The last day of school will be June 5.
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SADORUS VILLAGE BOARD
Officials discuss cost-effective options for water plant work
SADORUS — The village board last week discussed options for paying for water plant upgrades.
The plant needs more than $100,000 in upgrades, in part to comply with new Environmental Protection Agency standards. Upgrades would include backup generators, larger pumps and a new circuit-breaker panel.
William Glass of First Midstate in Bloomington gave a presentation on municipal bonds. The cost of issuance for $50,000 worth of alternate revenue bonds would be $5,000. Afterward, village attorney Marc Miller advised that a more cost-effective option would be a debt certificate, which he called a "mini-bond." Miller said the village would need to hire a bond counsel, who would probably charge about $1,000. The debt certificate could be for any term, Miller explained.
The village is also collecting income surveys from residents in order to apply for a design grant through the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity's Community Development Assistance Program. At least 75 percent of residents must respond to the surveys for the village to qualify for the grant funding.
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VILLAGE OF SIDNEY
Concession stand may be leased to private individual
SIDNEY — The concession stand at Sidney's Witt Park may be privatized.
The village board recently heard a proposal from Parks and Recreation Chairman Eric Cokley and Finance Chairman Mark Catron about leasing the stand to a private individual. Donna Hooker, who has voluntarily run the stand for years, has stepped down, and Cokley said parents don't want to work the stand while their kids are playing.
Catron said the change would mean the village would no longer be responsible for cash sheets, deposits and audit reports for the stand. "All liability is theirs (the person leasing it)," he said.
The concession stand helps cover the cost of electricity, labor and equipment needed to get the field ready for play.
"That's all there is here in the summertime," Catron said.
The stand's revenue also has been used to pay for expenses like two umpires who are paid $40 for every Little League game. Rules require only one patched umpire and any adult over 18 to officiate, though.
Trustee Jason Arrasmith proposed the village lease the stand for $250 per month.
The village will advertise that the stand is available for lease. If more than one person responds, a special meeting is tentatively planned for March 17 to choose one.
Trustees decided not to require applicants to show proof of insurance. No limits will be put on what can be served, other than no alcohol.
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