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home : local news : local news December 17, 2014

2/8/2013 10:42:00 AM
Oblong waiting for OK on North Range project
Also: no local control permitted for wireless frequencies.

Oblong officials have not heard yet from the state on approval of the North Range Street drainage project.

During Wednesday night's board meeting, the Oblong Village Board heard a report that plans for work to fix drainage problems on North Range Street have not yet been approved by the state, but approval is expected anytime. Trustee Tony Madlem said that Connor and Connor Engineering had submitted the plans for approval and is now waiting.

As the board has approved the basic plans and cost estimates, Mayor Randy Rich suggested the board empower the street and alley committee to approve a bid letting for the project to save time, if it is approved by the state before the next board meeting.

The board gave that approval.

Also Wednesday night, village officials reported that radio frequency use cannot be limited by the village.

It has been several months since it was suggested that the village create an ordinance restricting radio frequencies in the downtown area of the village. The suggestion came up as a way to enhance the performance of the new wireless public address system purchased by the village.

Several local residents pointed out that the Federal Communications Commission is the only agency that can restrict airways and frequencies. After having village attorney Frank Weber investigate the situation, it was determined that the village cannot restrict frequencies.

Rich thanked the residents who provided the information for their help and concern.

The board also heard reports that damage to the old oilfield museum is being covered by insurance, and that village employees are still trying to find the cause of water getting into the village hall. Utility Supervisor Gary Lanter said they are not finding leaks, or evidence of leaks, where the water is being found.

The board approved use of the four-way stop by Labor Local 1197 to collect money for the disabled children's rehab center.

Oblong police will again conduct an active shooter training at the Oblong Grade School at 7 p.m. Feb. 13. Police Chief Chad Pusey invited board members to attend and witness the training.

Pusey also reported that his department issued 23 traffic citations, one ordinance citation, eight written warnings, and 18 verbal warnings during the month of Jan. They had 15 offenses reported and 107 calls for service.

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