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Cruise-In aids fire department

Village hears construction update, establishes fines for wayward grass clippings

TONICA — Tonica Village Board members heard Sept. 16 about a successful fundraiser for the fire department and ongoing construction projects.

Cruise-In helps firefighters

It was a good year for the Tonica Cruise-In. Bob Beenenga, who with his wife, Mary Beth, organizes the annual event, told the village board the proceeds donated to the Tonica Volunteer Fire Department were “the biggest ever.”

A total of $5,000 in usable receipts came in through donations, entry fees and 50/50 drawing funds. Expenses totaled a little more than $700, leaving nearly $4,300 to donate to the department. “I’d like to do it again,” Beenenga said, with a target date of Aug. 22, 2020.

With gratitude for all the effort, participation and varied contributions, the board agreed.

Construction notes

• In other news, the board passed a resolution to seek and support a permit from the Illinois Department of Transportation, which is required for Casey’s General Store’s installation of a commercial entrance at its new location under construction on Ray Richardson Road and Route 251.

• In addition, the board accepted two low bids for roadwork along East Wauponis Street, from Route 251 to the new village maintenance building on the northeast part of town. Combined costs are expected to total $249,000.

• Rock Solid Stabilization and Reclamation Inc., headquartered in Genoa City, Wis., will provide reclamation services to re-establish a solid roadway base, at a cost of $137,270.

• Advanced Asphalt of Princeton will lay asphalt, at a cost of $111,420.

• Illinois Department of Transportation inspected village bridges, with favorable results, said Jack Kusek, village engineer. “They look good,” he said. Rollers and bearings on the Pontiac Street bridge will need to be monitored for wear, and pilings on the Oak Street bridge will eventually need to be painted, but “it’s not urgent.”

Around town

• Robert Steele, village attorney, is working to ensure a clean title on the former Tonica Nursery property purchased by the village. In the meantime, efforts will begin soon to cut back the overgrowth, with a view toward mowing the property.

• Trustee Robert Foltynewicz reported on his findings in consultation with North Central Illinois Council of Governments. He said that though the likelihood of obtaining a grant for a sidewalk along Ray Richardson Road may be remote, its prospect may be enhanced somewhat should the effort be tied to providing a sidewalk to a school. This matter will be explored further for future consideration.

• Trustee Todd Anderson received word that various streetlights are out along Oak Street and at the Pontiac Street bridge. Marc Lemrise, superintendent of public works, will notify ComEd of the outages.

Fines for clippings

Having passed an ordinance in June prohibiting the discharge of grass clippings on village streets, Village President Kevin Sluder will ensure the ordinance is posted on the village website and Facebook page, with a hard copy displayed at the post office. Village police shall enforce the ordinance, which includes fines of $50 for first-time offenders, $100 for the second offense and up to $500 for the third.

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