The Village of Hutsonville is moving forward with strategic planning, and has received an award for water fluoridation.
It was reported at last month's meeting that the village would be looking at strategic planning to better qualify for grants and to prioritize projects.
During Tuesday's meeting of the board, Village Clerk Tina Callaway, reported she has been in contact with a couple of village planners/grant writers who were interest in working with the village. Callaway also reported that Hutsonville High School seniors would be working on a cleanup plan that would also be included in the strategic plan.
As part of the strategic planning, the board authorized Neikirk Engineering, Mt. Carmel, to purse design and engineering grants for the village. If the village qualifies for the grants they could be used to pay for design and engineering costs on several projects the village would like to address, such as the trickling filter at the wastewater plant and the North Pleasant bridge. Engineering and design fees can often cost 10 to 15 percent of a project.
The village does not have an engineering firm on retainer, but does call upon Connor and Connor Engineering, Robinson, for much of the village's regular work, emergency repairs and advice on other projects. The board agreed to continue this policy, but is also interested in what Neikirk can offer in relation to strategic planning.
The village has received the Illinois Department of Public Health Community Water Fluoridation award.
It was reported that the Illinois EPA has received the village's plans for the water and sewer main extensions on the west end of the village. Approval of the plan is expected with in the next 30 days.
A utility pole at the corner of Pleasant and Walnut will be moved to better accommodate tractor-trailer traffic to the grain elevator.
In the monthly police report, two forfeited vehicles had been sold for more than $2,800. The money will be used to make repairs to a third forfeited vehicle the village is keeping, and the remainder will go into the police account.
Then next scheduled meeting will be Tuesday, April 8.