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By DAVE HINTON
Rantoul Press editor
LUDLOW — The Ludlow Village Board approved its 2012 tax levy ordinance.
The levy, for $5,900, is nearly identical to the amount levied the previous year.
The board learned at its meeting last week that work on the water tower project is progressing.
The contract is prepared, but Mayor Pete Walker is waiting on references for the firm that will do the work — Hanfland Painting Contractors of Sigel.
A Sodemann & Associates representative told the village board last month that the least-expensive route to clean and sandblast the water tower would cost about $73,130. The most expensive route would cost about $86,666. The board must decide which route to take.
Jack Waaler, village attorney, is reviewing all documents and information about the Connie Scotti property to determine the village’s options.
The board had learned at last month’s meeting that no progress had been made to repair the property since August.
The board and some neighbors had been concerned about the condition of the property, including safety and possible mold issues.
Bernice Campbell of 113 Poplar St. told the board about a neighbor who was burning construction material.
She said she politely asked the neighbor to move the burn barrel so the smoke would not drift into her home because she was recovering from bronchitis. She said the neighbor refused.
Police Chief Joe Navarro will speak with the neighbor.
Walker spoke about damage to a fire hydrant in the village. A semi tractor trailer ran over the hydrant, and the driver left the scene without stopping, but a board trustee saw the truck, and the company was identified, Walker said. The company is expected to pay for the damage.
The board learned it had received an invoice for oil and chipping from Ludlow Township.
The board voted to adopt an ordinance to participate in a national flood insurance program through the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission.