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By NIKOLLE KEENEY
Rantoul Press correspondent
GIFFORD — Lights were aglow in Gifford this past holiday season as residents and businesses warmed to Griswold-styled competition.
Winners of the annual village Christmas decoration contest were announced at Gifford’s January board meeting.
In the residential contest, Clay Evans placed first, Steve Dye second and Dorothy Busboom third.
In the senior decoration contest, Tom Sadlek was announced as winner, Chuck Gehrt placed second and Frank Buck third.
In the business competition, Gifford State Bank came in first followed by the Gifford Grade School Christmas Tree and Lenny’s Ice Cream Gallery. Cash prizes of $75, $50 and $25 were awarded in each category.
Also discussed at the village board meeting:
The town squad car will be taken to the shop for repairs.
Police Chief Sean Weary reported issues with the vehicle’s traction and brake system. Officials gave the go-ahead to get these issues fixed.
Officials also decided that if Weary should have immediate issues with the squad car in the future, he does not need to present them at a formal board meeting. It will be acceptable for Weary to consult with a board member or two informally before having the car fixed.
“If there’s an urgent issue, the car needs to be fixed. It is far better to be cautious with something like this,” Maynard Duitsman, village treasurer, said.
Village Superintendent Jess Childress informed the board of problems with siphons at the sewer plant.
The 30-plus-year-old siphons have been freezing up more and have been of increased issue. Childress said he will look into prices for the board so they can look into purchasing new siphons within the next fiscal year.
The next village board meeting will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Gifford village office.