The Village of Palestine is working to help residents who were affected by the total failure of a sewer lift station recently.
Palestine Department of Public Works Supervisor Kathy Clark said the lift station of Bryan Street failed and flooded one resident's basement and threatened another. The cause is still unknown, but Clark said she has been working with the suppliers of the equipment to determine the cause. The recent rainy weather has delayed their progress, however.
Clark worked with the property owner to clean up the mess in the home as much as possible and has asked they present some of their bills to the village for payment.
In another project, Clark has also been working to get power to the welcome sign on the west side of the village. She said Palestine Development Association is willing to help pay up to $2,000 and has requested that it includes two boxes to power Christmas decorations they plan to use at the site.
Now that the government shutdown is over, at least for the moment, the village is continuing work on a low-interest loan with the USDA for planned improvements and mapping of the sewer system in the village.
In other business, the village is continuing to obtain the deeds to Ramsey properties they have been working for a number of years to clean up and improve. "There is finally some light at the end of the tunnel," Palestine Mayor Rob Byrley said.
The trustees also officially approved the transfer of funds to pay for the new police cruiser for the village. The village had been approved for grant money for the vehicle, but that was held up during the shutdown, which occurred as they car was finished and ready for delivery.
Board members were also informed they no longer are required to approve a prevailing wage ordinance, but they will still need to abide by the prevailing wage, which can change almost daily. The change is a reduction in the amount of paperwork required.