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By DAVE HINTON
Rantoul Press editor
LUDLOW — Village board members are likely to approve in February a contract with a Sigel-based company to clean, sandblast and repaint the village water tower.
The board’s water committee met Thursday with representatives from Hanfland Painting Contractors, which would do the work, and Mike Buzicky of Sodemann and Associates engineers, Champaign.
Mayor Pete Walker said four of the six members of the board were present, and he and all of the board members were pleased with the presentation.
“It was a good, productive meeting,” Walker said.
Cost of the project is expected to run from $72,000-$83,000, Walker said.
The job will involve draining the tower, sandblasting the interior to bare metal where needed and spraying a two-coat epoxy on it. Work will then turn to the exterior, which will be spot-sanded, primed and painted with three coats of paint, Walker said.
He said the work could begin as early as late March if the weather is warm enough.
“They can work on the interior when it’s 35-40 degrees,” Walker said, “and on the exterior it has to be (at least) 55 degrees.”
Length of the project will also hinge on the weather. It could take three to four weeks if the weather cooperates, longer if it doesn’t.
Residents will not be without running water while the work is ongoing.
Walker said he will recommend the village borrow $40,000 to help pay for the project over five years — the remainder to be paid with money on hand. Money for the job will come from water bill fees.
Walker said it has been 22 years since the water tower underwent such an extensive project.
In business at the village board’s monthly meeting last Monday, the board learned that Connie Scotti had been sent a letter Jan. 2 giving her 15 days to vacate the premises of her abandoned house on North Oak Street.
Village police received a burglary call at the residence, and it turned out to be Scotti removing belongings from the property.
Walker said the letter to Scotti is for her to demolish the property or fix it up.
“We’ve given her six months” to remedy the problem of the property’s dilapidated condition, Walker said. “They’ve taken the gas line out of there. We wish she’d work with the town, sell it to the town or somebody or fix it.”
Walker said the village believes there are mold issues with the house, which has been abandoned for several years. The roof is also leaking.
The board learned that all repairs had been made to a fire hydrant at the corner of Hickory and Thomas streets, and the insurance company has paid for the work.
The hydrant was damaged when it was struck by a semi trailer. The truck company’s insurance provider paid the $5,112 cost to repair the damage.
Walker said he had received correspondence from the Federal Emergency Management Agency accepting the village into the flood insurance program.
He said being enrolled in the program would make the village eligible to receive federal funds in the event of a disaster. He said Champaign County urged the village to participate in the program. There is no cost to the village.
Christmas decoration winners
The winners of the Christmas decorating contest were announced. They include Denise Scudder, first; Tony Funkhouser, second; Cathy Butler, third; and Ed Headley, fourth.
The board thanked John and Marie Curtis for putting up Christmas decorations in downtown Ludlow. The Curtises were also thanked for all their hard work in various areas in the community.
The board voted to hire Murle Roy Construction, Paxton, to clean tile and drains in front of the Anita During house on West Thomas Street and from the Auterson property on East Thomas Street to Pop’s Place on East Thomas.