Village of Cambridge receives grant for new program

Claudia Loucks
Henry County courthouse clock

The Village of Cambridge recently received grant money to be used for the Community Heart & Soul Program.

At their regular meeting, board members learned the village has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Orton Foundation to be used for the Community Heart & Soul Program, an approximate two-year program in the community that helps to identify the needs in the village.

Village administrator Steve Brown said, “The Village will use the money in coordination with the program’s goals to identify community needs and encourage community participation in reaching those goals. The money will be used for many things – marketing, planning and sponsoring events to identify groups and individuals to encourage working together on community events.”

In other business, the board approved Beautification Grant applications totaling $20,000. Businesses receiving the funds are Charles Polowy of Reclaimed Salvage, $7,800; Joseph Mickley from Hartford Insurance, $8,200; and Dave Johnson for Keller’s Pit building which will be open soon on Prospect St., $4,000.

The board also approved bids of $17,500 from Double S Construction, Geneseo, to continue building sidewalks around the baseball diamond and of $10,000 from Double S to install a stone faced backdrop at the band shell, which is the final piece of work to be done to the band shell.

Board members also approved new garbage pickup rates for residents, increasing the cost from $9.10 to $9.40 per month; and an increase to recycling rates form $4.45 to $4.70 per month. The village has a contract for the pickup with Eagle Enterprises, Galva, for recycling service and with Peterson Disposal, Andover, for garbage pickup.

The board also:

-Approved a contract with Veenstra & Kimm Engineering, Rock Island, at a cost of $21,000 to complete a water waste treatment plant assessment.

-Approved renewing the village casualty workman’s compensation insurance with the Illinois Municipal League Risk Management Association.

-Approved using Two Brothers Tree Service, Geneseo, for village tree work as needed.

-Approved a $500 Improvement Grant application from the Illini Clinic Pharmacy.