Alley to be closed

Lisa Hammer

Drivers have a new rule of the road: they'll no longer be able to come out of an alley in the middle of the 100 block of West Center Street.

Trustees voted to turn the alley into a one-way going in between two buildings, the village hall and the Old, Odd and Unusual Museum.

Village administrator Dwaine Van Meenen said the biggest reason for the change is that a girl was hit by a bicycle last fall and she could have been critically injured. 

He said the one-way will go into effect as soon as the village gets the signs. He noted the alley is used a lot by people who attend auctions at Stenzels Auction Hall on the same block, and said it may take awhile for people to get used to the change.

Stimulus requests

It was noted the village has submitted $695,000 in requested projects for federal stimulus money. 

The village also submitted a request for $1.5 million on the fire district's behalf for a new fire station with space for police and a warming/community center. 

Letters calling attention to the request have also been sent to federal and state legislators and the governor as well as the Henry County Economic Development Partnership and Bi-State Regional Commission.

In other business

The board also approved one-year rental agreements for two tracts of land. 

Randy Borkgren and Rick Borkgren will farm a 10-acre tract on the former Winter property now owned by the village on the southeast corner of town for $247 per acre. 

Rick Franck will farm a 8.258-acre tract on the former Casteel property for $180 per acre.

It was noted the village has submitted $695,000 in requested projects for federal stimulus money. 

The board also approved Office Machine Consultants' requested increase to cover all equipment and repairs on copiers at the village hall and village office. 

The firm hasn't submitted an increase in three years.