Cambridge hopes to keep post office without changes

Claudia Loucks, correspondent
The Cambridge Post office will hold a public meeting about the local services on Saturday, Oct. 20.

The village of Cambridge wants to keep their United States Post Office, without any changes.

Board members Monday, Sept. 24, reviewed a letter sent to postal customers from the United States Postal Service, regarding the "POST Plan."

According to Mayor Jim Crouch, the plan is a review process for certain Post Offices, including the Cambridge Post Office. The Postal Service is asking for community input through a survey sent to postal customers.

Mayor Crouch stressed the importance of Cambridge postal customers to complete and return the survey by Oct. 6.

"We are advising residents to not check any of the boxes on the survey and make statements in the additional comment field stating, 'We request that you keep the Cambridge Post Office hours, from 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., just as they are, open six days per week and one-half day on Saturdays,'"he said.

The board also awarded a contract for $102,875.40 to Hoerr Construction, Peoria, to reline 4,927 feet of village sewer.

In June the village again this year agreed to join with Moline, Rock Island, East Moline, Silvis and Coal Valley in an intergovernmental agreement which enables them to jointly bid the cost of relining sewer.

"We are doing everything we can to reassure our residents that we can be in control of any flooding problems that may occur," village administrator Dwaine VanMeenen said, adding that last year by bidding jointly, the village saved about $20,000 in relining costs.

"Because the cost of relining decreased $1.59 per foot and because we were able to bid jointly with the other communities, we will save $28,409 this year," he said.

Trustees also approved hiring Hoerr Construction at a cost of $62,010 to replace manholes and repair existing sewer lines in preparation for the relining project.

In other business:

•The board approved hiring V and K Engineering, Moline, at a sum not to exceed $24,500 to provide planning and engineering services to create a turnoff from Illinois Route 81 into Cambridge Commercial Park 3rd Addition.

The turnoff will allow the Beam brothers to develop the seven acres they purchased in the commercial park to bring in equipment on semi truck trailers and unload it where it will be staged until delivery to purchasers.

The plan must be approved by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) before a permit can be issued to begin construction.

"Once the permit is received, the project most likely will take some time to complete and hopefully be finished sometime next year," VanMeenen said.

•Board members approved a five-year extension of the village's recycling contract with Eagle Recycling, Galva, beginning May 1, 2013.

"When the new contract begins next year, residents will be allowed to put approved electronic devices at the curbside for pickup," VanMeenen said, adding that "Eagle Recycling also hopes to provide totes to 100 percent of Cambridge residents by May 1 of next year."

•The board also scheduled "trick or treat" in the village from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31.