Work on North Range Street is coming to an end for the winter, with the street reopening next week.
It was reported during Wednesday night's Oblong Village Board meeting that work crews have reached a stopping point on Phase 1 of the North Range project and will wrap up work for the winter sometime next week. The road will be reopened and residents can resume using their driveways.
Also at the meeting, the board approved payments of $195,114 to A. J. Walker and $13,821 to Connor and Connor Engineering for work done on the project.
In a related mater, detour traffic has caused excess wear and tear on township-maintained roads. Oblong Township Road Commissioner Jerry Ping presented a copy of bills for money spent on repairs totaling more than $11,300, and said another $3,500 in repairs is expected. The board agreed that detouring traffic had caused much of the damage.
Finance Chairman Rick Catt made a quick review of the village budget, and reported that the village could afford to pay as much as the full amount, if the board so decided. It was also recommended they check with Connor and Connor to see if any contingency funds were built into the project. The board and Ping did agree that paying half of the estimated $15,000 would be fair.
In other business, the board granted a one-hour extension to Floyd's Tavern on Nov. 27, Thanksgiving eve. Use of the four-way stop was granted to the VFW for Poppy Day on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.
It was reported that more information is needed to process TIF fund applications, and a request for funds was tabled until next month.
The village has three years to renew a franchise agreement with Mediacom, but a six-month, public comment, question and complaint period needs to be addressed to prevent any penalties if the village should decide to opt out of the franchise. More information on how the public can make those comments is forth coming.
As soon as the leaves fall and they can be cleaned up, then Christmas lights and decoration can be put up in the city park.
Next month, the board will hear recommendation on increases to water rates.
It was also reported that property on East Main, involved in a revolving loan, has been deeded to the village giving them an opportunity to recoup some of the funds when the property is sold.
It was also reported that the groceries were on the shelves of the old IGA store, but no opening date has yet been announced. Mayor Randy Rich said he believes as soon as some repairs and inspections are completed the store will open.
Oblong police issued 14 citations during the month of October, had 16 reported offenses, one traffic accident and had 135 calls for service.