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home : local news : local news July 25, 2017

6/15/2017 1:26:00 PM
Hutsonville OKs raises, looks at increasing patrols
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The Hutsonville Village Board Tuesday night approved pay increases for employees, a street closing and utility work.

The village approved a four percent raise for the two full-time village employees. Mayor Tina Callaway said Rob Plew has been an employee for 12 years, and is easy to talk with and works well with others in taking care of the village's needs.

River Fest is scheduled for Aug. 4 and 5. Friday the downtown area will host the car show, street dance and fireworks. The board approved a resolution to close Main Street and requested approval from the Illinois Department of Transportation to close the street as it is a state-maintained roadway.

The village may be looking for more part-time officers willing to work a few hours to patrol the village. Callaway said the village allocates 40 hours a pay period for patrol, but lately Police Chief Paul Maxwell has had to do most of the patrol hours as approved part-time officers have not been available. Callaway asked Maxwell to meet with his officers about scheduling more patrol hours.

The village had a 30 percent water loss last month. Plew said part of that was a main leak on North Main over Memorial Day weekend. Another area of loss the village wants to keep better track of is use by the fire department.

Trustee Bruce Callaway, a former fireman, acknowledged that during a fire it would be very difficult to keep track of water usage and the village did have a fire last month, but it would be easy to go through 5,000 to 10,000 gallons during an evening of training and that is water they need to keep track of now that the village has to pay for all of its water.

The water and sewer committee are planning to meet with the fire department to see if they can work something out.

It was also reported that during the recent United Way Day of Caring that Marathon may have some extra outreach funds and the village may qualify for some of those funds for work at the sewer plant.

The board also passed the prevailing wage ordinance.

The next scheduled meeting will be Tuesday, July 11.

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