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11/12/2012 1:37:00 PM
Oblong still seeking downtown speaker solution
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Oblong officials are still trying to work out a speaker system that will serve the village's needs for the Fall Follies parade.

"On a good note, they did work through the whole parade, but the bad part is they weren't loud enough," Mayor Randy Rich said.

The village is considering replacing four of the six speakers, at a cost of $2,400 to $2,800, with trade-in of the current equipment. The new speakers would be a direct fit for the current setup. No final decisions were made regarding the speakers at Wednesday's Village Board meeting.

After more than two-thirds of Oblong voters approved the electrical aggregation referendum at the polls Tuesday, the Oblong Village Board agreed to go ahead with the municipal opt-out program. Two public hearings on post-election work on aggregation will be scheduled.

The opt-out program allows the village to bid out electrical supply for all residents who are Ameren customers. Residents will be notified twice, once by Ameren and once by the new supplier, and given the opportunity to not participate.

Also on Wednesday night, trustees approved a request to keep Floyd's Place open an extra hour the night before Thanksgiving. Police Chief Chad Pusey said they haven't had problems with the extended hours in the past, and he has two officers scheduled for the night.

A request from Crawford County 4-H to have a porkburger drive-through across from Rusty Nail Hardware this Saturday was approved. 4-Hers will sell the sandwiches from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The VFW was also granted approval to use the four-way stop for "Poppy Day" on Saturday.

A lighting upgrade grant from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to install new light fixtures in the municipal building could cover the entire project if it is completed by Feb. 14.

The village will receive $2,808, which covers materials and labor, if they meet the early deadline. If the work is completed by May, they will receive 85 percent of the total cost, or $2,121.22, which covers materials only.

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