THOMASBORO — Commercial property owners will have to pay an additional monthly demand charge for both water and sewer service under two new ordinances the village board approved last week.

Treasurer Leon Albers said the ordinances were designed specifically for the new Dollar General store and will apply to customers with 1-inch or larger metered water service. The only existing customers with greater than 5/8-inch meters are the grade school and Altamont, which will be grandfathered in.

“The intent was to get the Dollar General property ready for any future developments,” Albers said.

The ordinance for sewer rates sets a $17 demand charge for customers with 1-inch meters, $36 for customers with 1.5-inch meters and $66 for customers with 2-inch meters. The ordinance for water rates calls for a $17 charge for 1-inch meters, $34 charge for 1.5-inch meters and $62 charge for 2-inch meters. Under the ordinances, Dollar General will pay an additional $34 per month for its 1-inch meter.

Albers researched other small municipalities’ rate structures and used those as a model for the new ones. He said the new rates will help the village cover its expenses; the village is splitting the $170,000 cost of extending water and sewer mains under U.S. 45 to the store property with its developer, Overland Group.

Residential water and sewer rates will not be affected.

Trustee Tony Grilo addressed a resident’s Facebook question regarding whether there would be a stoplight at the corner of U.S. 45 and Flatville Road, where the store will be located. Grilo said he and Police Chief Eric Shumate have been exploring that possibility with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). “That’s our goal for that intersection,” Grilo said. “It’s on the front burner for the chief and me. We’re going to keep highlighting the importance for it.”

IDOT must conduct a traffic count at the intersection before a stoplight can be approved.

Shumate has also been asking IDOT about adding a crosswalk and lowering the speed zone in the area.

Neighbors complain about property

The board discussed neighbors’ complaints about a resident who is scrapping vehicles on his property. Shumate said the resident is complying with the village’s noise ordinance, which requires him to stop by 10 p.m. Some are questioning whether he should be allowed to operate a business in a residential area.

“I think we need to look into it a little bit further,” Trustee Ronda Scott said, explaining that she thinks such a business is different from someone selling Tupperware from home, for example.

Police learning about Ring program

Shumate reported he will sit in on a webinar about an app available through Ring, an Amazon-owned video doorbell company. Users can opt into a neighbors portal that allows law enforcement to access video footage that they upload from their home-security cameras. For example, Shumate said, if a crime is committed nearby, residents could let the police look at their cameras’ footage to help identify suspects.

Return to in-person meetings

Trustee Jeff Robertson asked when the village board meetings would go back to being conducted in person rather than through the Zoom teleconference platform as they have been in recent months. Evans said since practicing social distancing at the village hall is not feasible, he wants to have the next meeting at the TIA Hall.

April election

Village Clerk Jasmyne Boyce said the filing dates for the April 6, 2021, consolidated election will be Dec. 14-21. Nominating petitions will be available at the village hall or by emailing clerk@thomasboro.us. The four-year terms of Scott, Robertson and Robert Pinske are all up for election, as is Evans’.

Fall cleanup day

Thomasboro’s fall cleanup day was scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 10, a week after the village garage sales, which will be Oct. 2 and 3. The spring cleanup day was postponed in June due to COVID-19 restrictions.