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EDINBURG — The Village of Edinburg held a regular meeting on Monday, February 14, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall.
Village Attorney Rocci Romano told the Board that he was still awaiting a few more easement agreements being returned before the raw water line project could go ahead. He urged water Superintendent Mike Lebshier to call the remaining property owners every day and ask them for the agreement, as the village was running out of time to get everything turned it.
Lebshier said he would work on it. He also voiced a concern familiar to many people working on projects right now: material costs. “I’m worried about how much this is gonna cost. A few years ago, this would have been a 2.5 million dollar project, but now it could be 5 million just because of materials. I know the cost has gone up. I don’t know if we can afford that.” He explained to the Board.
While Village President David Luttrell agreed with Lebshier’s assessment, he urged the Superintendent to focus on getting the easement agreements finalized and turned in for now.
Luttrell told the Board that he had been approached about setting up a mobile food pantry for Edinburg. He suspected the sign up sheets for it would be going out to the community soon. According to him, there was no income requirement. The food pantry just needed to know how many people were in each household that were interested.
The Village has been working on demoing blighted properties in town for a few years now. Some properties have been a little more difficult to get the proper legal paperwork in order for the village to be able to tear the abandoned buildings down. The Board agreed to go through the title work to discover who now owned the property of someone recently deceased.
Police Chief Aaron Morgan had asked the Board last month to consider saving towards a new police vehicle, but the motion was tabled until the police committee could meet and work out more details. Now, Morgan asked the board to consider either purchasing a new 2022 For 150 Police Responder truck or a 22022 Ford Interceptor Utility AWD for the department to use. He explained he was leaning towards the truck, for its more practical and utility abilities. The Board agreed to the purchase of the vehicle, in an amount not to exceed $50,000. In order to help Morgan save towards that goal, the Board also agreed to increase the amount the Village saved for the vehicle each month from $400 to $600. The Board also agreed to purchase a new LED light bar for an exciting vehicle.
The old police vehicle, the Crown Victoria, would be delivered to the Career Center in Springfield Wednesday morning.
Also approved at the meeting:
– Payment of January ($306,653.35) and February ($28,465.23) bills
The next regular meeting of the Village of Edinburg Board of Trustees will be held on Monday, March 14, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.