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Halloween will be trick-or-treat night this year

Robinson trick-or-treaters will be out on Halloween night.

The Robinson City Council established Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 9 p.m. as trick-or-treat at homes with porch lights on.

Plans for the Heath Harvest Festival were also approved. Street closures around and south of the courthouse square for Oct. 5-6 were approved. Friday's festivities include a car show, bake sale and live music. Saturday features the Bake N Off in the morning, parade at 1:30 p.m. and booths will be open and live music will be on stage throughout the day.

Also at Tuesday's meeting, aldermen amended the city code to allow 20 days following the completion of street construction projects for repairs to be done. Previously, the city allowed 10 days, but alderman Russell Snider said the extended timeline will allow enough time for the work to be done.

After 20 days, the city will do the repairs and take it out of the $5,000 deposit required before work in a city street can begin.

"That deposit isn't returned until the wastewater department and the street department sign off on it," treasurer Denise Jobe said.

Several of the city's radios will be obsolete at the end of the year, as radio signals switch to narrowband transmission.

Seven mobile radios and one handheld radio need replaced. The remaining radios will be reprogrammed. The total cost is $3,070 from Communication Products and Services, Flat Rock. The city had budgeted $6,500 for the upgrades.

A new JULIE machine, used to locate and identify underground utilities before digging can be done, was approved for purchase. The wastewater and street departments are the sharing the $1,098 cost.

The city will advertise through Oct. 4 for two seasonal employees to help with fall leaf pickup. Aldermen also approved plans to have a street employee assist city engineer Jeff Hillard during Phase 2 of the storm sewer project.

Wastewater employee Tom Hose will attend the Illinois Association of Water Pollution Control Operators southern regional conference as chair of the region on Oct. 18 in DuQuoin at a cost of $30 to the city.


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