Water customers in Oblong will soon be able to pay their bills online, and a new committee has been formed to look at new ways of dealing with dilapidated properties.
Trustee Dave Hasty informed the Oblong Village Board Wednesday night that the new online bill pay for water and sewer customers is expected to be up and running in September. The service will be run through the third party company Courtmoney.com.
Hasty said customers will need their account information each time they make a payment and there will be a fee of $1.75 for transactions under $50, and 3.5 percent for those over $50. Only the company will have access to water customers financial information. Customers will still be able to make payments by mail or at the office.
Mayor Teresa Fielder has created a new committee to look in to new ways of dealing with abandoned or dilapidated properties. In the past the village has used fines to encourage property owners to tear down or cleanup properties, and while they have had some success Fielder would like the village to do better.
The new committee will consist of Trustees Bill Burke and Dave Hasty, Public Works Superintendent Gary Lanter, Police Chief Chad Pusey, former mayor Randy Rich and Mayor Fielder.
The purpose of the committee will be to find solutions to mitigate or remove hazards in the most economical way for the village and property owners. Fielder said she expects to have some results by November 1.
In other business the board approved the annual audit. The audit was presented during a committee meeting preceding the board meeting, and there were not significant findings.
Fielder reminded everyone of the upcoming household waste and electronic collection on Saturday, Aug. 12. She also mentioned the road closing and traffic rerouting over the next few days as a large vessel is being transported along Illinois Route 33 to the Robinson Refinery.
The Junior Football League will be collecting donations at the 4-way stop on Saturday, July 15, from 8 a.m. to noon.
Oblong will be hosting an Illinois Rural Water Association seminar on Tuesday, July 18, for local water and sewer employees.
It was also reported the Community Club will be working on the mini-park uptown in the near future.
The next scheduled meeting will be Wednesday, Aug. 2.