Plans are in the works to have a beer tent at River Fest this year, and to replace a culvert on Hillcrest Street in Hutsonville
Ryan Terry came before the Hutsonville Village Board Tuesday night to elaborate on plans to have a beer tent at River Fest, scheduled for Aug. 3-4, and receive the village's approval before proceeding. The addition of a beer tent to the Friday night festivities has been discussed in the past, but the Hutsonville Fire Department has been reluctant to sponsor one. The success of beer tents in surrounding community festivals has given them reason reconsider having a tent.
Terry explained the plan is to place the fence enclosed tent on the gravel parking area east of the Christmas tree. A stage and band may also be added for entertainment following the fireworks. Terry said they are getting estimates and calculating costs, but wanted to get a go-ahead from the village before committing time and effort in to more detailed plans.
Currently only one liquor license exists in the village, and that belongs to Mike Kraemer at Hutsonville Foods. Mayor Tina Callaway pointed out that a special-event liquor license would need to be obtained from the state, before local approval could be given. While the board voiced reservations on legality and planning, they did give approval to move forward on planning.
In an effort to relieve flooding in the North and Hillcrest area the board approved replacing the culvert with a larger one under Hillcrest. The project will be done by the Crawford County Highway Department with the assistance of village employees. The village will be paying for the project, but by having the CCHD perform the labor the cost will be greatly reduced.
Looking to close out the year, the board approved a supplemental appropriation ordinance for the Water and Sewer account in the amount of $42,000. Mayor Callaway explained that equipment purchases and planned repairs at the waste water plant and Hillcrest Street necessitated the increase. A big portion of the increase comes from a 22 percent increase in the cost of water from the Robinson Palestine Water Commission imposed this past year.
Property cleanup and condemned buildings has been a focus for the village for the past several months. Mayor Callaway reported that ownership changes to properties in the 500 block of North Main, and 300 block of North Rose should see cleanup and demolition efforts in the next month or so as time, weather and farming season allows. The village will be helping by providing a dumpster or the equivalent price of a dumpster where needed.
The board also gave approval to demolish the old garage/shed behind the old grade school in the 300 block of South Pleasant. Citing health and safety concerns the village authorized the demolition. Two automobiles and a semi trailer were also authorized for citation and removal from the property.
An issue with the construction of a garage in a village floodway is still on going. Callaway reported that the owner of the property has been in contact with the state about a permit. While the construction of the garage in the floodway may not seem like a big deal, it can have a very big effect on other residents of the village ability to get flood insurance in the future.
Callaway said the regulations regarding floodplains do allow for the village to issue citations of up to $750 per day of non-compliance. Callaway said she would rather not have to do that, and hopes the property owner can get the needed permits, but with the extensive flooding in Iowa and parts of the midwest, the need for flood insurance becomes that much more important.
As a general reminder yards are to be mowed as frequent as necessary so that the grass/weeds do not exceed 8" in height. Grass clippings are not to be mowed out onto the street as it clogs the sewer system. Properties also need to be clear of any standing stagnant water.
Properties are to be kept clear of accumulating trash, junk and debris (unused appliances, furniture etc.) which could create a health hazard and the migration of mosquitoes and other insects or dangerous animals.
Vehicles parked on your properties must have a valid Illinois registration sticker to be legal. Vehicles which appear to be in-operational or wrecked or abandoned must be stored inside of an enclosed building.
The board accepted the resignation of Police Chief Paul Maxwell as chief, but will stay on as a patrolman. Callaway said the chief title is more for administrative purposes and she will be assigning other officers to help with that as needed.
Spring clean up in the village is scheduled for Tuesday, April 23.
The Hutsonville Community Club Egg Hunt is this Saturday, April 13 in the Hutsonville Township Park on South Rose St. Beginning at 10 a.m. sharp.
The next scheduled meeting will be Tuesday, May 14.