The Oblong Village Board Wednesday night approved street closings for parades, and prepared for more festivals in the village.
The board approved resolutions to close Illinois Route 33 for the Homecoming parade on Sept. 22, from 1 to 3 p.m., and for the Halloween parade on Oct. 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. Alternate routes have been designated for traffic.
In addition to the homecoming and Fall Follies, Mayor Teresa Fielder wanted to remind the board about the Antique Tractor and Engine Show happening next weekend. She also commended the village employees with taking care of the storm damage on opening day of the Crawford County Fair.
The Oblong Community Club recently spent a day cleaning up the mini-park located just off South Range Street. Former mayor Keith Waldrop reported on the efforts and asked if the village could see about getting the gazebo cleaned and repainted, and repairing the privacy fence on the south side.
Fielder said she would look into getting both done.
Fielder also reported on a $633 safety grant the village received that will go to buy equipment.
On Saturday, Aug. 12, at 11 a.m. the Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Club will be dedicating the Missing Man Chair in front of the village hall. The chair signifies there is always a place for those veterans who did not make it home.
It was reported that new sidewalks have been installed near the Evangelical United Methodist Church, and drainage of the sewer lagoon has been put on hold for the time being.
With the coming festivals, Fielder wanted to remind golf-cart and side-by-side vehicle owners that state law says drivers must be 21 years old and have a valid drivers license, and that the vehicles cannot be driven on Main Street, but can cross anywhere along Main. They are also limited to daylight hours.
The new police SUV is working the streets of Oblong. Chief Chad Pusey reported his department issued seven citations last month, had 11 offences reported, handled three traffic accidents and had 90 calls for service.
On July 10, the ad hoc committee on vacant or abandoned properties met to brainstorm, and some of the members have attended other meetings on the subject. Another meeting is scheduled for Aug. 9, for more discussion.
There will be a special meeting of the board on Aug. 30, at 6 p.m. to discuss insurance.
The next regular meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 6.