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EDINBURG — The Village of Edinburg held a regular meeting on Monday, June 13, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. at the Village Hall.
The Board discussed one of the hot topics in the county at the meeting. A resolution to oppose the construction of the CO2 pipeline had been given to the Board for approval.
“Now, I know enough about this to be dangerous,” Village President David Luttrell joked, before asking for feedback from the trustees and Village employees present. Water and Gas Superintendent Mike Lebshier told the Board that he did not think the Village’s water supply would be impacted by the project, unlike some other villages in the county who have expressed fears over potential damages to the aquifer by the storage and monitoring wells. However, Lebshier added that he also did not know a lot about the whole project, only that there were a lot of questions.
Trustee Nick Zepin suggested that Luttrell have the person who sent the resolution to the Board come into the next meeting to talk to them and answer some questions. The Board agreed that was a good idea, as they did not know enough about the project and it’s potential dangers to have a clear stance on it. Luttrell said he would speak to the opposition group and see about getting one or two of the members to come to the next Board meeting.
The Board agreed to approve Luttrell’s appointment of longtime Village resident Dan Freeman to the open Board seat. The Village President had asked for Board opinions on the two people who had applied for the position, but the Board seemed to think both were excellent choices. After brief discussions weighing up the pros and cons of each person, and at one point debating drawing the new appointee’s name out of a hat since no one could make a decision, Luttrell decided to appoint Freeman. He was approved by the Board, and would be sworn in at the July Board meeting.
On a water project update, Village Attorney Rocci Romano told the Board that they were inching ever closer to having all the legal documents finalized so the project could actually begin. Romano shared that he had all the consent agreements from Commonwealth Edison, an electrical company. He was also working with Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative’s lawyer. Lebshier asked Romano to speak with the property owner of the last farm land easement the project was waiting on, saying that the property owner had questions that needed answers Lebshier did not have. Romano agreed to give the property owner a call.
Also approved at the meeting:
– Minutes with amendments
– Payment of May ($65,102.65) and June ($31,478.30) bills
– Raising monthly clean-up fee from $.50 to $1 per month
– Purchase of new flow metered at a cost of $3,525
The next regular meeting of the Village of Edinburg will be held on Monday, July 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall.