The Village of Hutsonville is looking at state and federal aid to help pay for a new sewer plant and bridge.
Village President Tina Callaway reported to the board she is looking into disaster aid from FEMA to help pay for repairs to the damaged culvert on North Pleasant Street. Callaway said she will be meeting with FEMA engineers this week to see if damage done by recent flood would qualify it for repairs. She said if the project is eligible, FEMA would not replace the bridge, but repair it to pre-flood condition.
The board also approved pursuing an IEMA grant to build a new sewer plant outside the flood plain. Callaway said the grant would be a 75/25 grant and is part of the flood mitigation initiative. Her concern is that a town of 500 may not be able to afford the 25 percent or justify the sale of bonds, if the grant is approved. The first step though is to see if they are eligible.
The newly formed committees met over the past month and delivered their reports. The street committee reported a number of sidewalks are being replaced around the village as weather permits, and the old sidewalk north of the ball diamond is being reviewed for replacement or repair.
Callaway said the sidewalk is part of a retaining wall and needs further evaluation before work is started.
The personnel committee reported they performed employee evaluations and made recommendations.
The finance committee presented, and the board approved the annual appropriation budget and tax levy ordinance. The board appropriated $147,000 to the general fund and $126,000 to the water and sewer fund. The budge reflects a total deficit of around $37,000. Callaway said the budget numbers continue to spur discussion on positive ways for the village to increase revenues.
Kemper CPA group was hired to perform the annual audit.
The board also approved senior board member Les Leighty as mayor pro tem as Callaway will be out of town for several days in the near future.