The Hutsonville Village Board continues to look at health and safety issues as well as the aesthetics of the town.
Utility Supervisor Brent Nehls reported he has taken grease and oil samples from manholes near the Hutsonville Foods grocery/convenience store and the school. Both show deposits of grease, which is making its way to the sewer plant.
Nehls said the level of grease is significant for a small systems like the village's, but it can still be controlled through manual cleaning. He did report that he is following up with Hutsonville Foods on a grease trap and maintenance to the grease trap at the school.
The school does not fry food, but Nehls said many solvents and cleaners have grease or oil products in them.
Drought, heat and storms have all interfered with yard work and upkeep this summer. While Hutsonville was never technically under the burn-ban restriction, village trustees appreciate the use of "common sense" residents showed over the past month. Now that some rain has fallen and temperatures are cooler residents are asked to address high weeds and brush piles that can attract skunks and other unwanted wildlife.
In a related issue, last month Sue Daugherty asked permission from the board to turn the back three-quarters of an acre of her property into a wildlife park with wildflowers and grasses. The board said it would need more detailed information before granting such a request. During Tuesday night's meeting, Daugherty explained that she is looking more at small gardens in her backyard. The board members said they had no problem with her building gardens as long as they were mowed around.
Now that the county has settled the animal-control issue, the village will be sending out cards letting residents know what to do and who to contact in the event of an animal-related issue.
In other business, the board approved Good Energy to provide information on electric aggregation on the upcoming November ballot.
The board will also be supporting Ameren in its request for an extension in meeting air quality regulations imposed by the EPA.
The board also discussed the success of Riverfest and congratulated all of those involved.
Also heard was a report on the status of the boat dock project by the Hutsonville Park District. It was reported Hutsonville Township has committed $10,000 to the project and will make an intergovernmental loan to the help the park district as more contributions are sought. The low water level of the Wabash River made recent demolition work possible.