Village closer to new water line

Lisa Hammer

Trustees approved prerequisites to gaining state approval for a new water line along Court Street from Prospect Street to Third, approving the I.D.O.T. construction permit application as well as a resolution of intent to have national flood insurance.

Right now, there is no need to take out flood insurance for the project, but the board action is part of the E.P.A. checklist which is required to secure a loan. Cambridge is pursuing a number of options for a loan.

The board also gave authorization for a village representative to sign loan documents.

Following a closed session, the board approved extending its option to buy another 10 acres at the Winter property east of Rt. 82 and south of Rt. 81 to February, 2014. The original option to buy 10 acres at $7,500 an acre expired last February. Village attorney Scott Smith said the extension won't cost the village anything.

Village administrator Dwaine Van Meenen reported Cambridge is using federal stimulus funds to hire four people on a summer work program. Candidates must be between 14 and 20. One young person has already been hired to paint the fence at Rosedale Cemetery. He said he hoped to have a total of four by next week, including two more at Rosedale and another to paint fire hydrants.

"It's tough to find kids who want to do it, and tough to find people with the ability to drive here," he said.

Trustees approved a digging and re-seeding a new waterway in Ridgeview subdivision. The work has already begun.

The village is ordering 30 more flags to fly at Rosedale Cemetery for special holidays. About half a dozen have already been sold. Cost is $40, which includes a plaque stating who is being memorialized and the donor's name.

Stacey Carey, the new director of the summer park program, reported on this year's experience.

She said at $10 per week for the two-hour daily program, they tried to make it less expensive than past years. Eighty attended June 8-12, and 68 attended the second week, with the lighter turnout in part due to vacations and sports camps. She said it was a "great thing" to be permitted to use the Community Hall in the event of rain, as the program was held there five out of the 10 days. She said $55.85 was donated at the ice cream social finale June 22 and she thanked a variety of people for their contributions to make the program a success. The board said they appreciated her good work.

Annawan Police Chief Tim Wise introduced himself, explaining he is running for sheriff and wanted to confer with the board.

"You have a unique relationship with the sheriff's office," he said, referring to the village's contract with the sheriff's department for law enforcement.

He said if elected, he would remove junk cars behind the courthouse and seek grants that would help Cambridge get equipment for law enforcement.

Van Meenen called attention to an ad in a recent weekly taken out by the prospective buyer of the Cambridge bowling alley and asking for public input. Comments can be directed online to

"He's very serious. Like I say, he's interested in buying the bowling alley, so that's something that may come to Cambridge if he gets enough interest," said Van Meenen.

After the meeting, Van Meenen explained the man is from out-of-town and a very avid bowler, adding public input will become part of his business plan. He noted the buyer would like to see youths bowl on Saturday mornings and intramural bowling. Van Meenen said he himself recalls when school buses stopped at the bowling alley following sporting events to give students time to relax before parents picked them up.

During committee reports, it was reported that the fire district's plans to situate its new building east of Rt. 82 have not been completed. The village will pursue funding for one service road to get to the three-acre fire/ambulance structure as well as the village's other seven acres once plans are final.

Trustees also:

• Approved $47,000 in motor fuel funds for streets and alleys

• Hired Kent Anderson as building inspector as an independent contractor, apart from his duties through the City of Geneseo

• Decided to rotate downtown banners 180 degrees to raise them out of the way of snow plows and preclude vandalism

• Created one space at the post office for 10-minute parking

• Learned four gardens will be features in a Main Street garden stroll July 11

• Learned the village received a letter from its TIF consultant Thomas Jacob and Associates stating the village will receive a total of $200,572 in income from its TIF in fiscal year 2009