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By DAVE HINTON
Rantoul Press editor
LUDLOW — Ludlow residents can expect to receive letters from the village asking them to be mindful of the condition of their property and animals running loose.
Board member Steve Thomas discussed the idea at the village board’s February meeting last week.
Mayor Pete Walker called it a “courtesy letter” that will be sent to everyone asking them to consider the condition of their property. All residents will receive the letter.
The letter will involve the enforcement of ordinances regarding the height of grass, derelict vehicles and animals running at large. Thomas said the letters are a good idea with spring coming up.
Board approves water tower contract. The board approved a contract with Hanfland Painting Contractors of Sigel to sandblast and paint the village water tower.
The contract includes two different amounts — depending on the condition of the interior. Walker said Hanfland will be paid $73,130 if the company determines that the condition of the interior is not bad. The company will be paid $11,536 more if extensive interior work is necessary, including sandblasting the tank down to metal.
“If the tower tank is still in good shape, we won’t know that until they go in there and take some measurements,” Walker said.
The board also voted to pay Sodemann & Associates no more than $4,500 in design fees for the water tower project.
The board voted to borrow $40,000 from the Regional Planning Commission at 4 percent interest, paid back over five years, to help pay for the water tower project. The rest of the project cost will be paid from money on hand.
Ralph Cox, village employee, discussed a new water department program that would benefit the village and provide more extensive reports. Cox ordered a demonstration for $25 and will report to the board at the March 4 meeting.
The board voted to have its attorney file a lawsuit against Connie Scotti to repair or demolish her dilapidated property on North Oak Street. The board sent Scotti a letter in January asking her to remedy the situation.
The board approved paying Murle Roy Construction, Paxton, $6,230 to jet wash manholes.
Roy will also be contacted regarding the price to patch tiles.
The board also discussed local police being able to take fine money from those who had committed minor infractions, rather than the offender having to pay the fine at the county courthouse.
Walker said he thought local police were already able to accept the fines, but that is not the case.