Cambridge moving village offices soon, board learns

Claudia Loucks
The Village of Cambridge has purchased the building that previously housed the law offices of Smith, Carmen and Horberg at 124 West Exchange Street in Cambridge and will be moving shortly from across the street. The new building will also house the Cambridge Main Street office now located at 132 West Center Street.

    It soon will be moving day for village offices, from their current location at 123 West Exchange St., across the street to 124 West Exchange St; which previously housed the law offices of Smith, Carmen and Horberg.

    The new location also will house Cambridge Main Street offices, now located at 132 West Center St.

   Both Mayor Jim Crouch and village administrator Dwaine VanMeenen

commented on the benefit of having all offices “under one roof,” and the benefit of having space for all departments.

    All board meetings will be at the new location.  

    “This is a good move by the board as we have outgrown our present building,” Mayor Crouch said.   “The new building will be better for employees and for our residents.  It is a good thing.”

    The “good” includes the opportunity to rent the present village office location to the law firm of Bozeman, Neighbour, Patton and Noe LLP, Moline. 

    “The group wants to expand their services by opening an office in Cambridge,” VanMeenen said.  “They chose Cambridge as it is the county seat.”

    The village will receive $650 per month rent from the firm with a six-month lease that is renewable for an additional 18 months and an option to buy the building after two years.

    Village officials approved purchasing the new building at a cost of $190,000.  Mayor Crouch explained the rental income from the former building as well as from Western Title Co., which is located in the new building, “will pay 90 percent of the mortgage cost.”

    “This is not something that is costing an arm and a leg,” he said.

    Linda Noord, owner/operator of Spartan’s Grocery in Cambridge, which opened its doors Saturday, Feb. 25, told board members she is “pleased” with the response to her first days of being open.

    She said the store will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays, beginning this Sunday, to accommodate shoppers. Regular store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday.

    Mayor Crouch said, “We welcome Linda Noord with her grocery store to Cambridge.  We appreciate her choosing to come here and filling the void we had.  I encourage our people to take pride in their community and support the grocery store and all of our businesses.”

    The Mayor said Mrs. Noord did say she plans to expand if “business is good.”

    In other business, Atkinson Mayor August Junior, who is seeking election to the Illinois 74th District House of Representatives seat, spoke to the village board with his campaign ideas.

    The board also:

    •Approved an F-1 liquor license for Cambridge American Legion Post 417 which now meets in the rear of Bella’s Pizza building at 111 North Prospect St.  The American Legion offers a Friday night fish fry from 5 to 8 p.m. at their new location.

    •Learned cemetery cleanup is Monday, March 19, and anyone having items on gravesites they want to keep should remove them before that date.

    •Set village-wide yard sales on Friday, June 1, and Saturday, June 2, with sign up by calling the village office at (309) 937-2570.  Cost is $7 to be included in the map of yard sales available at local businesses.

    • Set village-wide cleanup for Friday, June 8, to be conducted by Peterson Disposal Service, Andover.  Residents are asked to have all unwanted items at the curb of their residence by Thursday, June 7.  The service does not include pickup of electronics, paint, appliances, tires and batteries.  A complete list of items not allowed for pickup is available on the village website