The residents of Oblong can now ride their UTVs and side-by-side vehicles, and should no longer be bothered by unwanted door-to-door solicitors.
The Oblong Village Board approved changes to two ordinances during Wednesday night's meeting. The first change includes side-by-sides and UTV vehicles to the golf-cart neighborhood vehicle ordinance. If a vehicle meets the requirements and a fee is paid, a permit can be issued to drive the carts around town.
Also, the board approved lowering the cost of permits for veterans and active-duty military personnel to $25 instead of the full $50 fee.
From electrical aggregation to vacuum cleaners, residents have been complaining about door-to-door solicitors in Oblong and other communities. The Oblong board approved changes to the solicitors' ordinance by prohibiting all but local organizations from door-to-door soliciting without express approval by the Chief of Police.
Local groups like JFL, scouts, school organizations or other Oblong based groups would be allowed to go door to door, but other organizations or businesses would require permission from the village to solicit.
Also at the meeting, Mayor Teresa Fielder said she was disappointed the village was not able to meet the goal of 595 sewer surveys completed by residents. "We still need 80 surveys," she said. "I am disappointed; our residents like the services we provide, but were not able to help with information."
The completion of the surveys would allow the village to apply for thousands of dollars in grants to make infrastructure repairs that would otherwise have to be paid for through local fees and increased taxes. The surveys can still be completed, and used next year, but time has run out for grant filings this year.
Fielder want to remind rural water customers that if they are not receiving the village rate on trash collection from Republic, they need to contact the village. They need to have their Republic and water account numbers when calling.
Plans for the dog park are still moving forward. Fielder said they have around $5,600 with more promised.
Trick or Treat will be Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 8 p.m. at homes with porch lights on.
There are three village board seats up for re-election this spring at the consolidated general election. Filing deadline with the village clerk is Dec. 17.
A TIF grant was approved in the amount of $3,500 to Hair Connection. The owner of the business reported spending around $11,000 on upgrades and repairs.
Leaf collection will begin after Nov. 1, and residents and business owners are reminded that parking will be restricted on the first two block along North and South Range beginning at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, and the downtown area of Main Street for the annual Fall Follies.
Oblong Police Chief Chad Pusey reported his department issued 15 citations during September, had nine offenses reported, handled two traffic accidents and had 129 calls for service.
A thank-you was received from the Crawford County Rescue Squad for the personal donation made by board members in honor of Randy Cox.
The next scheduled meeting will be Wednesday, Nov. 7.