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February 16, 2020

1/16/2020 2:28:00 PM
City to work with resident with pool-related drainage issue
Also: Council creates license for Sunday afternoon/evening liquor sales in bars with gaming.
By BLAKE NASH
Daily News

Concerns about drainage problems at her home prompted a Robinson resident to speak to the Robinson City Council Tuesday night.

Cathy Blaha, a lifelong Robinson resident, informed the council that her home on Fairway Drive has flooding in the backyard because of a neighbor's pool. Blaha moved to the residence last June.

"Due to the construction of my neighbor's pool, when it was built, of course there had to a berm around the pool to keep the water from running into her pool," Blaha said.

The berm did the job for her neighbor, but unfortunately for Blaha, the water flowed into her yard and cannot drain. She said the water was estimated to be about five inches deep in some places.

Blaha said she has tried a couple of solutions including a fence and a rock garden.

"However the water stands inside and outside the fence," Blaha said.

Mayor Roger Pethtel said that he had visited the home and seen the problem for himself, but he is unsure of how to solve it. The most logical solution could possibly be to have a contractor or landscaper have a look at it and offer suggestions.

"We will work with you," Pethtel said. "City Engineer Jeff Hillard may also be able offer some suggestions."

In other business, the council approved the purchase of two reconditioned 15-inch Siemens touchscreen SCADA panels for the Robinson Wastewater Treatment Facility.

Superintendent of Public Works Lawrence Quick said that one panel went completely out, while another followed two days later. The latter panel is working once again, but the screen is black.

Quick requested a service exchange with EU Automation out of Elk Grove Village.

"They will send us a reconditioned unit just like those ones at a cost of $2,163.15," Quick said.

Pethtel's request to create a Class B liquor license, intended for use by local taverns, was also approved. According to Pethtel, the license approves the sale of beer from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays, with consumption only allowed on the premises. However, the owner must have a valid gaming license for their business.

City Treasurer Denise Jobe was given permission pay the city's liability insurance premium at a cost of $67,367. Crawford County Insurance Agency will provide the city's coverage.

The resignation of a Robinson police officer was approved by the council. Officer Gabe Lowrance resigned after taking a new job.





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