Rantoul board to vote on purchase of new squad cars

By DAVE HINTON
Rantoul Press editor

The Rantoul Village Board will be asked to approve the purchase of two new Ford utility police vehicles for $67,578 from Morrow Brothers Ford, Greenfield.

Police Chief Paul Farber said among the considerations is the size of the vehicle, which needs to be big enough to house officers and police equipment.

Farber said payment for the vehicles would come from $25,576 in 2011 and 2012 grant funds, $5,705 from an insurance check, $10,000 in general funds and $26,500 in police funds.

The board is expected to vote on the request at its Dec. 11 meeting.
 
Easton-Bell progress: Village Inspector Dan Culkin said progress continues on the new 815,000-square-foot Easton-Bell plant west of Rantoul.
“They have the perimeter around the entire building, which is 1,320 feet by 600 feet,” Culkin said. “The perimeter footings are in place.”
He said steel work should begin the week of Dec. 17, and work on the concrete tilt-up walls after Jan. 1.

Transformers for senior villas: The board is also expected to vote on the purchase of 10 single-phase, oil-filled pad-mount transformers to serve the Twin Lakes senior villas that will be constructed north of Brookstone Estates.
Delta-Y Electric Co. submitted the lowest of nine bids, for $21,250.

Well pump purchase: Public works Superintendent Greg Hazel also recommended the purchase of a new 75 HP submersible pump for Well 8 at Christopher Rudzinski Park on Grove Avenue from Municipal Well and Pump, Waupon, Wis., for $39,790 — the lowest of five bids submitted.
The pump replaces one that failed.

Appointment to Plan Commission: The board will vote on Williams’ recommendation of Jeff Seegmiller to succeed Dennis Stubblefield on the Rantoul Plan Commission.

Candidate filing period extended: Village Clerk Mike Graham announced that Gov. Patrick Quinn had extended to Dec. 26 the date candidates for the April 9 election could file nominating petitions. Candidates may now file petitions for village office from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 17-20 at the municipal building and Dec. 21-26 in the office of the village clerk, 216-B E. Sangamon Ave.

Recreation Department activities: Recreation Department Director Rich Thomas said the number of youths enrolled in department programs has climbed back up to “pre-recession” levels.

He said there were about 270 children signed up for youth basketball, 85 in dance classes, and more than 50 youth per day show up for activities at the Youth Center.

“We have a lot of activities for kids,” Thomas said. “What galls me is when people say there’s nothing for kids to do.”

Thomas said for $30 a year, youngsters can take part in all the activities at the Youth Center.

“With the Kids Foundation, we never turn anybody away (due to inability to pay),” Thomas said. “It’s a safe, wholesome environment.

“We have a lot of activities there,” including summer camp for every sport, and dance.

Thomas said transportation is offered from the schools to the center two days a week.

“When the schools reorganized to grade centers, that made it hard for some of those kids to get to us, so we’ve worked with the schools to get the kids to the Youth Center,” he said.

Thomas also noted the department will host Breakfast with Santa from 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Youth Center.

Natural gas contract: Hazel recommended the board approve an extension, through March 31, 2019, of an agreement with Illinois Public Energy for the purchase of natural gas. The agreement includes no change in IPEA fees.

Meeting schedule presented: Graham presented the proposed schedule of meetings for 2013. All meetings begin at 6:15 p.m. at the municipal building, 333 S. Tanner St.
The January study session and regular monthly meeting will be combined due to the New Year’s holiday falling on the normal date of the study session. Both will be held Tuesday, Jan. 8.

All other study sessions and regular monthly meetings will be held the first and second Tuesdays of the month, respectively.

Parade, Santa’s Village praised: Village trustee Jennifer Fox praised the success of the village Christmas parade, sponsored by the chamber of commerce, and follow-up activities at Santa’s Village for children downtown.

Priest remembered: Trustee Roger Jones noted the death of Father Stanley Malinowski.
Due to his length of service, “he probably baptized and buried half the Rantoul community,” Jones said.

dhinton@rantoulpress.com

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