Rockton Village Trustees approve emergency repairs to Well #9


Trustees kept things moving at the Village of Rockton meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

With Christmas approaching quickly, the Board agreed to a request by Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful for a Christmas tree recycling location to be located in the 500 block of E. Main St. (near the boat launch.) A $500 donation to Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful was also approved.

Trustees supported an ordinance requesting a Special Use Permit for outdoor seating at Al’s Main Street Tap. Neighboring businesses and the Village have been discussing the change for several weeks, concerned about removing parking spaces on the west side of the tavern at 122 W. Main Street. Attorney Greg Cox, the former attorney for the Village who is now representing owner Al Pipitone, has said there would be no net loss in parking spaces - new ones would be created further down the street.

The police activity summary for Oct. 16 thru Oct 31. reported 69 tickets issued, 84 warnings, 153 stops, nine accidents (no injuries) and seven criminal arrests.

All Trustees agreed to a purchase requisition with PACE Scheduler for a software program for the police department and the Village, at a cost of $3,840.

Trustee Scott Fridly reported emergency issues with Well # 9. Fridly asked the Board to approve waiving the formal bidding process for emergency repairs. Last month the Village approved repairs on two check valves. But Fridley said the pump is getting old and needs to be replaced. “Well #9 has been down for three to four weeks.”

Mayor Peterson said the problem with the well does not affect the quality of the water in Rockton. “This is a problem with the equipment.” The cost of emergency repairs by the Cahoy Group Well and Pump Service is $55,905. The amount is paid with American Rescue Plan Act funds.

Trustees approved and authorized the Village to continue to allow an antenna site lease agreement with Rise Broadband. The company pays the Village for the antenna on a yearly basis.

Village of Rockton meetings are scheduled for the first and third Tuesday of the month, at the Village Hall, beginning at 7:00 P.M.

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