Loda to rethink garbage truck ban in alleys
LODA — The board this week voted to reconsider banning garbage trucks from the village alleys. Last month, the board had done just that, citing the poor condition of the alleys. Mayor Ron Dudley had to break the 3-3 tie in favor of reconsideration.
Trustee Carol Arseneau heard from several residents who were upset with the ban. They told her that the village should improve its alleys enough so the trucks didn't do so much damage.
But Trustee John Zalaker wasn't sure there was money to maintain the streets and build up the alleys as well. He said the alleys have no heavy rock base.
The board also approved three contracts for improvements at the village park:
— Price's Tree Service of Onarga will cut down and a remove a tree there for $850.
— Quality Plumbing of Paxton will install two new stools, handicapped-accessible railings and new faucets in the park restrooms for $1,355.
— And Trustee Roy Hilgendorf, who takes care of the park, will order a new bench for Summit Supply of Durango, Colo., for $673.
Hilgendorf also announced that riders from the Bicycle Across America tour will make a rest stop in the Loda park on July 10 as they have for many years previously.
The board also approved donating $250 to the Loda Good Ole Days fund and $100 for fireworks that will be part of the festival July 25-27. The board also approved a special liquor license for the American Legion for the event as well.