Cambridge moves closer to closing landfill

Claudia Loucks
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    Cambridge Village Board members hope their action takes them one step closer to permanently closing the Cambridge Landfill which has not been used for the last 10 years.

    At their Monday, July 26, meeting, the board approved spending $4,500 to hire Terracon Co., Bettendorf, Iowa to install an additional monitoring well at the landfill.   The action was taken as a result of a request from the Environmental Protection Agency to make certain ground water at the site is monitored adequately.

    Mayor Jim Crouch said, "We are hoping to get a final closure on the landfill in the near future because it is costly to continue monitoring the wells."

    In other business, the board approved a new ordinance that will allow the village to collect attorney fees and court costs associated with legal action involved in violation of ordinances.

    The board also heard a report from Stacey Carey, summer park program director, who told trustees the sessions "went real well."  She said the youngsters and leaders were in the Cambridge Community Hall for one day because of inclement weather.  Carey thanked Dan Humphrey for use of the Community Hall at no cost to the village.

    The program concluded in June with an ice cream social and performances by the children involved.  Ice cream and cookies were donated by Jamie Powell, owner of the Cambridge Subway.

    Mayor Crouch asked residents to refrain from mowing grass clippings into village streets.

    "The mowing and blowing of grass clippings is plugging up storm drains and we have had to clean the drains more frequently.  The problem also has caused some flooding in certain areas because there is nowhere for the water to drain.  I am asking residents to please not mow grass clippings into our streets."

    The board also approved spending $1,032 for a one-year web site contract with Bi-State Planning, Moline.