Altona trees will fall

Carol Townsend

The Altona Village Board on Sept. 4 accepted the low bid of Olson Tree Service of Wataga to down six trees in the village.

Olson’s bid of $2,700 includes taking down treess for the trees taken down, cleaned up and the stumps removed.

Unsuccessful bidders were Colony Tree Service of Galva ($4,050), and Lumberjack of Galesburg ($2,900, no stumps).

The vote was 5-1 with Blair Selman casting the no vote. Kim Gaines, Steve Reffett, Derrick Appell, Terry Bolin and Dorothy Appell voted yes. Selman said the bid from Olson did not even contain the address of the trees.

In other business:

?The recycler who came into the village last month and bought metal was very pleased with the 500 pounds that he purchased and will come back on the third Saturday of each month, from 9 to 11 a.m. until the weather gets bad for the winter.

?Resident Rich Wegner said he’d like to see public members who attend the board’s meetings get a complete list of bills paid, a police report briefly outlining criminal complaints and arrests made in the community the prior month, and a brief summary from each board trustee of what they accomplished during the prior month.

?Selman said he was not satisfied with street work this year. He felt the rock was too thin. He will talk to the village engineer. The board talked with employee Tracy Saylor about the 60 to 80 tons left over.

?Gaines said she had a complaint about a roof that had blown off during recent winds and was lying behind Andrews Implement with weeds growing up around it.

?Resident Gail Hootman was present at the meeting and was told to take care of some long weeds on his property.

Hootman reported that a snowplow had hit his fence and he wanted the village to pay for the damages. Mayor Sally Keener asked Saylor if he had struck the fence; Saylor said he did not.

Keener told Hootman the village isn’t going to pay for a fence that was damaged months ago and never turned in. She added that village marshal Mike Keener would be glad to go to his residence and take a report.