Work is scheduled to begin July 15 on the Range Street project in Oblong, and the village's trash pickup rates are set to increase.
Wednesday night the Oblong Village Board approved a contract extension with Republic Services. Republic had honored the rates of another company it bought out several years ago, and that contract is scheduled expire.
The new rates will be $9.97 for a regular household and $8.93 for a senior household, and are expected to take effect on the next billing cycle.
Trustee Tony Madlem reported that A. J. Walker will begin work on the North Range project on July 15, weather permitting. Village employees worked last month getting utilities moved in preparation of the project.
Mayor Randy Rich said they are working on TIF District 1, and formed a committee to address how best to distribute funds raised by the tax-increment financing districts. The money can be used as grants for local businesses in the district for improvements, but criteria need to be established.
It was also reported the village is receiving fees from the gaming machines in local establishments.
Rich also said he is still receiving calls on electrical aggregation rates from solicitors. He wanted to remind residents that the rates he is hearing are not equal to or cheaper than the rates negotiated by the village.
In other business the board accepted the annual audit report. Trustee Rick Catt said it was a clean report.
The board approved use of the park for the annual Antique Tractor and Engine Show for Aug. 8-10, and a 5K color run sponsored by the Character Counts Committee scheduled for Aug. 24. The route is yet to be determined.