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EDINBURG — The Village of Edinburg held a regular meeting on Monday, January 10, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall.
“We are getting closer all the time, but we’re not there yet,” said Village Attorney Rocci Romano about the water line project. The easements required for the project continue to come in at a trickle. Romano suggested making contact with the remaining property owners and reminding them once again that the project is pending their easement agreements.
Romano told the Board that the contract with SNAWS had been finalized. As for the lawsuit filed against the village last month by a convicted felon, Romano said it was never actually filed because the judge saw no valid reason for it to go forward.
Village President David Luttrell told the Board that he had a meeting with a representative of the Lincoln Prairie Bike Trail, Bud Altman. The current bike trail connects Pana and Taylorville, but Altman told Luttrell that the committee that oversees the bike trail wishes to extend it even further beyond that. To that end, they are seeking monetary grants to help bring the bike trail out through Edinburg and eventually to Rochester.
Luttrell explained that, as he understood it, the bike trail would run along the shoulders of old Route 29 through Edinburg. Altman was looking for a person from Edinburg to be on then committee in charge of the bike trail. Luttrell told the Board that if they knew of anyone interested to let him know and he would put them in contact with Altman.
The Police Committee put a vote to the board to hire new part time police officers. They were adamant on changing the contract, though, to stop people from using Edinburg as a “stepping stone” and leaving them six months after they begin for greener pastures. After a lengthy discussion on the subject, the Board decided to approve hiring two part time police officers and send them to get training. The Police Committee also scheduled another meeting on January 19 at 7:00 p.m. to further discuss other options. The Board decided to table a discussion on saving towards a new squad car for next month. The Board also voted to sell the 2008 Crown Victoria for $1 to the Career Center in Springfield.
Also approved at the meeting:
– Payment of December ($88,085.83) and January ($30,473.86) bills
The next meeting of the Village of Edinburg Board will be held on Monday, February 14, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. at the Village Hall.