Altona numbers line up well; cat bill questioned

Carol Townsend

Teresa Welch of Blucker Kneer and Associates was present Oct. 2 and told the Altona Village Board that the village has received a clean audit.

Welch also said assessed valuation in the village rose 2.8 percent from 2006 to 2007.

In other business:

?Mayor Sally Keener will see who owns a bridge on the east edge of Altona. She said Knox County or the village will be responsible for a bridge inspection.

?Trick or treat hours will be 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Residents with treats are asked to turn on their porch light.

?The recycler will be at the Altona park 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 to buy metals from residents.

?The fire department will be flushing hydrants for the next two weeks. There could be some rusty water for residents. Call village employee Tracy Saylor or Fire Chief Jim Andrews if problems.

?Board member Kim Gaines reported that someone had put graffiti on the ball diamond concession stand and some picnic table tops. The board decided that the picnic tables would be put away on Nov. 1 for the season. This will allow tables to be painted this winter in the maintenance building.

?The board approved paying the monthly bills, except a bill from the Knox County Humane Society for $324. Board member Derrick Appell told the board he’d taken a mother cat and four kittens to the humane society, then found a home for the cats the next day and went back and picked them up.

The village got a bill for three days of boarding the cats, euthanizing the cats and a disposal fee. Appell will talk to the humane society.

?Keener said she wants each board member to think about the upcoming tax levy and whether or not they want to raise it. 

?Keener reported that the first administrative ticket had been written in the village, for a dog running at large. She said the fine has been paid.

Board members Blair Selman and Dorothy Appell were absent from the meeting.